Remember, remember, the Roundup in November

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

11 November – Red Rose Cross Country League Round 2

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

Juniors

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Jackson getting stuck in. Photo: David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson getting stuck in. Photo: David Belshaw

Kaliska Clarke. Photo: David Belshaw.

Kaliska Clarke. Photo: David Belshaw.

Seniors

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

Report from Ladies XC Team Manager, Donna Airey:

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

Tara Robb was our first lady finisher in 20th Place

Team Results

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

Ladies Vets

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

Cassie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw.

Cassie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw.

Chorley Bog. Photo: David Belshaw

Chorley Bog. Photo: David Belshaw

Julia Rushton. Photo: David Belshaw

Julia Rushton. Photo: David Belshaw

Full Results

18 November – Red Rose Cross Country League Round 3

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

Juniors

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

Seniors

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

Report from Ladies XC Team Manager Donna Airey:

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

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

Team Results

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

Full Results

18 November – Tour of Pendle

Chris Holdsworth. Photo: David Belshaw

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

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

Dave Motley down Geronimo. Photo: David Belshaw

Dave Motley down Geronimo. Photo: David Belshaw

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

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

First timer Andrew Howarth reports:

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

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

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

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

Tour of Pendle outtakes…

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

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

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

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

Full Results

25 November – Mid Lancs XC League Round 2

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

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

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Robbie Smedley. Photo: David Belshaw

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Imogen Ferguson. Photo: David Belshaw

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Will Nicholls. Photo: David Belshaw

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Briony Holt. Photo: David Belshaw

Ladies XC Team Manager Donna Airey reports:

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

Full Results for the National Cross Challenge

Full Results for Mid Lancs League

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 October

Thieveley Pike Fell Races – 4.3m, 1310ft

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

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

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William Nicholls

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Peter Stevens

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SPRINT! Lennon Jackson and Sophie Ashworth

All photos David Belshaw

Senior Race

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

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George Pier looking determined. Photo David Belshaw.

Junior Results

Senior Results

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relays

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

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

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

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

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

Full Results

14 October

Red Rose Cross Country League – Round 1

Photo David Belshaw

Photo David Belshaw

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

Charlie Barnes. Photo David Belshaw.

Charlie Barnes. Photo David Belshaw.

Harrison Codd. Photo David Belshaw.

Harrison Codd. Photo David Belshaw.

Millie Stubbs. Photo David Belshaw.

Millie Stubbs. Photo David Belshaw.

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

Full Results

Mid Lancs Cross Country League – Round 1

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

Photo Tina Holt

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

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

Full Results

15th October

British Fell Relay Championships

Chris Holdsworth. Photo Paul Shackleton

Chris Holdsworth. Photo Paul Shackleton

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

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Sarah Helliwell

Jean Brown and Tara Robb (SH)

Jean Brown and Tara Robb. Photo Sarah Helliwell.

Full Results

 

Feeling epic!

What a week! Big races, small races and everything in between, and, as always, you have been giving it your all. We’ve had runners at the two biggest marathons in the world and at classic Lakeland fell races. We’ve also been celebrating success at the Mid Lancs Cross Country presentations for our juniors and seniors.

MONDAY 17 APRIL

BOSTON MARATHON

It was fantastic to see that Clayton Harrier, Nerina Gill had headed over to America to take part in the iconic Boston Marathon, and especially good to have a lady runner there on the 50th anniversary of Kathrine Switzer’s historic completion in 1967. Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon and a major force in breaking down the barriers for women endurance runners. She ran the race again this year aged 70 wearing her original number 261.

Report from Nerina Gill

I knew a few things about the Boston marathon before I went: it’s the world’s oldest continually run marathon, and entry is by qualification or charity place only; it’s almost a straight line point to point course ending in central Boston; the temperature can be anything from 10 to 30C, and while the first and last four miles are downhill, there are four hills between 16 and 21, the last of which is called Heartbreak Hill.

Well I’d qualified, so I’d earned my place at the start line, and duly arrived at Boston Common to be bussed 26 miles out to Hopkinton. It was already too warm for the disposable extra layers I’d taken with me, and by my 10.50 start the sun was decidedly hot. I decided to ignore the previous day’s email from the organisers recommending that people who weren’t acclimatised should slow down, and set off at my planned pace.

By mile 13 I was more or less on target, but my mile splits were slowing, and I knew it was just going to be about getting through in one piece.

I starting walking through every water station and concentrated on trying to dig in, and keep focussed. At the top of the first hill at mile 17 was an open fire hydrant, and I ran right through it. The water was freezing and drenched me immediately, and I felt my temperature start to come down right away. A few more of those and I began to feel better. Heartbreak Hill was long and wearying, but since I was no longer trying to run at race pace, I was able to stay fairly comfortable.

Once that was behind me I knew it was all downhill, but oh those downhills hurt after that distance, and I got very little extra speed and a nasty bout of cramp. No choice but to walk until it eased, but at least it was clouding over, and the end was in sight.

The ever present crowds became much more cosmopolitan in the city, the signs just as witty, and I was able to relax and enjoy the last couple of miles, and even speed up for the last few hundred yards.

The whole experience was one I’ll never forget, and in the end it wasn’t about the time (4 13 58, still my third fastest) but about being there, doing my first overseas marathon and being part of such an amazing event.

The one other thing people know about the Boston Marathon – it was attacked by terrorists four years ago. The phrase that came out of that was everywhere: Boston Strong. It is, and in the end, so was everyone who ran.

Pos Name Cat Time
184385 Nerina Gill FV45 04:13:58

Full Results

HOLLINGWORTH LAKE 5K

A group of nine club members took part in this Bank Holiday 5K race organised by Cannonball Events. Laura Hesketh was our first finisher and second lady in the race in 18:15. Christine Egerton was 1st FV65.

Laura Hesketh racing hard at the Hollingworth Lake 5K. Photo by MP Bundy

Laura Hesketh racing hard at the Hollingworth Lake 5K. Photo by MP Bundy

Paul Hesketh was 17th and 1st V50 and David Scott and Richard Lawson were 1st V70 and 1stV75 respectively.

Super Vet, Richard Lawson, at the Hollingworth Lake 5K. Photo by MP Bundy

Super Vet, Richard Lawson, at the Hollingworth Lake 5K. Photo by MP Bundy

Lennon and Matthew Jackson were our 2 junior runners.

Pos Name Cat Time
9. Laura Hesketh F 0:18:15.0
17. Paul Hesketh MV50 0:19:02.0
32. Lennon Jackson MU14 0:20:22.0
58. Matthew Jackson MU14 0:21:37.0
86. Michelle Abbott FV35 0:23:27.0
95. David Scott MV70 0:23:50.0
137. Richard Lawson MV75 0:26:42.0
170. Christine Egerton FV65 0:29:12.0
209. Christine Leathley FV65 0:33:21.0

HOLLINGWORTH LAKE GOLDEN MILE FUN RUN

Senior Jack McGuire ran in the Golden Mile race along with junior runners Erin and Millie Hesketh.

Pos Name Sex NetTime
33 Jack McGuire Mv60 08:15.0
39 Erin Hesketh FU9 08:47.0
45 Millie Hesketh FU9 09:08.0

Full Results

WOODLANDS 5K TRAIL RACE

Report from Mick Hughes

After contemplating a few other races that weekend I stumbled across this little race and thought what a fantastic cause – a local couple adding to their London Marathon fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer by staging this 5k trail in Clayton. It would have been a shame to not represent the Harriers there.

Mick Hughes with his prizes at the Woodlands Trail Race

Mick Hughes with his prizes at the Woodlands Trail Race

The course was a loop starting beside the track and heading onto trail through the woodlands then more challenging climbs and rough little descents and twisting turns through the thicker woodland on the other side of the track. There was a good turnout of mixed ages / abilities and I thought I’d test the faster group by staying with the front 2 from the off, I was behind a younger quicker lad most of the way but lead briefly for half a lap. After 2 and a half laps (5k) I had managed to win a tussle for 3rd with a local Preston club runner. Upping my pace on the final half I managed to keep third as the gap to fourth place widened. 3rd place meant a first podium position ever for me,  a 21 minute finish and the prize of Easter chocolate (of course!) and other goodies. I made a good donation to help their fund and was very happy to come in for my first ‘3rd position finish’ for a very worthy cause and especially at Clayton Le Moors

TUESDAY 18 APRIL

PETER ERHARDT COWM RESERVOIR 5K

A trio of Harriers took part in the Peter Erhardt Cowm Reservoir 5K race. John Roche was our first finisher in 20 minutes dead in 21st place over all and 1st MV55.Irene Roche was our first lady finisher in 40th place with a time of 22:43. Julia Rushton completed the team in 45th place and 23:28. A total of 81 runners took part.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
21 J. Roche MV55 20;00
40 Irene Roche FV55 22:43
45 Julia Rushton FV50 23:28

Full Results

BUNNY RUN 3

Eight Clayton Harriers took part in the third and final Bunny Run in the popular series organised by Woodentops. Our first finisher was junior runner Jackson McKay who was 30th overall and 2nd U15 male.

Jackson McKay giving the seniors a run for their money! Photo by Woodentops

Jackson McKay giving the seniors a run for their money! Photo by Woodentops

James Boult was our first senior finisher in 63rd place. Beth Quinn was our first lady runner in 227th place.

Report from Beth Quinn

On Tuesday night 9 Harriers made the trip over to Haworth to take on the last of the three Bunny Runs. It was a perfect night for the 2.6 miles around Penistone Quarry and we each set off hunting down a fast time.

Beth Quinn at the Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Beth Quinn at the Bunny Run race. Photo by Woodentops

Several of us, including Wayne, James and myself, managed to take a minute at least off last weeks time. Everyone ran well and was rewarded with Soup and Tiger bread back at the pub, overall it was an enjoyable mid week race.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
30 Jackson McKay U15 17:37
63 James Boult M 19:11
185 Wayne McIntosh M 23:52
208 Carl Carey MV40 25:09
227 Beth Quinn F 26:20
232 Stephen Fish MV60 26:36
280 Christine Egerton FV60 33:36
281 Judith Carey F 33:40
286 Christine Leathley FV60 37:18

Full Results

WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL

LOUGHRIGG FELL RACE

Our condolences go to the family and friends of the runner who tragically collapsed and died during the running of this race.

Seven seasoned Clayton fell runners travelled up to the Lake District to take part in this 4 mile fell race with 1083ft of ascent organised by Ambleside AC.

Mark Nutter was our first finisher in 98th place overall. Wendy Dodds was our sole lady runner in 135th place and 1st FV60.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
98 Mark Nutter MV50 36:48
107 Ivan Whigham MV50 37:50
135 Wendy Dodds FV60 40:30
140 Andrew Howarth MV50 41:47
160 Andrew Firth MV50 43:50
161 Andrew Dugdale MV50 43:57
167 Peter Dugdale MV60 44:40

Full Results

FRIDAY 21 APRIL

MID LANCS LEAGUE PRESENTATION

The Mid Lancs League held their annual presentation evening and celebrated success in this year’s cross country League.  The club picked up some team awards and also some individual awards.

Top Row: Mick Hughes, Michelle Abbott, Irene Roche Bottom Row: U15 Girls - Natasha Olszewska, Millie Stubbs and Briony Holt

Top Row: Mick Hughes, Michelle Abbott, Irene Roche
Bottom Row: U15 Girls – Natasha Olszewska, Millie Stubbs and Briony Holt

Team Awards

Gold for the U11 Boys Team and the U15 Girls Team

Silver for the Vet 55 Ladies

Bronze for the Vet 35 Ladies, Senior Men, Senior Men ‘B’ Team, Vet 40 Men and Vet 50 Men

Individual Medals

Gold for Dexta Thompson in the U11 Boys, Silver for Briony Holt in the U15 girls and Silver for Irene Roche in the Vet55 Ladies.

Well done to all our members that took part in this year’s cross country competitions.

Final Standings in Full

SATURDAY 22 APRIL

ANNIVERSARY WALTZ FELL RACE

Wendy Dodds, Chris Funnell, Chris Snell, James Williamson, Wayne McIntosh, Neil Hardiman, Barbara Savage, Simon Stansfield, and David Nield  were on the entry list for the 21st Anniversary Waltz Fell Race. This is an 11.5 mile fell race with 3600 feet of ascent and covers the Newlands Valley Horseshoe in the Lake District.

James Williamson at the Anniversary Waltz fell race. Photo by Woodentops

James Williamson at the Anniversary Waltz fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Report from Wayne McIntosh

Headed up to Newlands once again to take on an early season classic, 11.6 miles and 4000′ of the Newlands Horseshoe just outside Keswick. Lovely spring temperatures meant only a vest and shorts were needed and even a splash of Baz Luhrman (sunscreen) was needed on my sparsely populated head!! We got away on time and set of on the largely trail start in the shadow of Catbells towards the first climb of the day, Robinson.

Wayne McIntosh at the Anniversary Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Wayne McIntosh at the Anniversary Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

I opted for a different tact up here and took a line that had tempted me over the last couple of years, heading right as soon as you get through the fell gate. This worked out well as I cut out in front of Babs (Barbara Savage) who I generally consider a stronger climber than me.

Barbara Savage at the Anniversary Waltz fell race. Photo by Woodentops

Barbara Savage at the Anniversary Waltz fell race. Photo by Woodentops

It also broke the climb into two halves and gave my legs some recovery. I felt pretty strong from this point and was happy to be picking off runners all day to come home in 2.38 and a massive PB around this course, a 16 minute gain on last year and leaves the 3.14 of 2013 a distant memory. Saw a good few Clayton about on the day and a special mention to James Williamson who finished 32nd overall, a great achievement in a reported field of over 500.

AWAITING RESULTS

ANNIVERSARY WA! 

Report from Alan Dorrrington

It was a fully-loaded, full fat version of the Junior FRA series up and over Cat Bells this weekend. Lakeland races tend to be steeper, rockier and rather bigger than our local moors and fells, and the courses at this round were no exception.

Juniors racing at the Anniversary Wa! Photo by Alan Dorrington

Juniors racing at the Anniversary Wa! Photo by Alan Dorrington

Starting straight from the pen up a 45 degree slope, the first climb (for the U11 and upwards) up Skelgill Bank was nearly 600ft, before the ridge towards Cat Bells was reached. It had many competitors on all fours by the top, and for the U15/U17/19 races was a mere warm up before the big climb and scramble up to the Cat Bells summit. The U13 racers had peeled off before this final climb enjoying a wickedly fast grassy descent all the way to the finish, at breakneck speed. The U15/U17/U19s, all running the same course, descended round the back of Cat Bells on a fabulous single track path before (rather cruelly) having to climb back up another 250ft before their final descent. That final climb was torture, even for the strongest competitors and I’ve never seen so many juniors at their absolute limit. It was a true test of fell running ability, and though I seem to be saying this regularly these days, was the hardest course I’ve seen juniors have to tackle.

No matter, our Clayton Juniors were in sparkling form, matching the Lakeland weather. Jenson Bentham looked strong over the ridge to the turn and blazed the descent to take 5th in the U13B race, a fabulous result. Christopher Brown was running strong too and making full use of his descending ability, bagged 15th spot.

Christopher Brown in the U13 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Christopher Brown in the U13 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Ella Dorrington had a really strong race, taking places on the scramble to the summit and pacing her effort well to run the second half of the final climb while many around her walked, beating many of the older girls in the U15G race. Briony Holt also had her usual strong performance, revelling in the steep terrain and long climbs to finish well to the fore of the U17G race.

Ella Dorrington in the U15 race.

Ella Dorrington in the U15 race.

Report from Briony Holt

The third round of the FRA series was held in Keswick at the foot of Catbells, a 450m mountain along the side of Derwent Water. The forecast was saying snow and sleet however, what we did get was nothing like that; sunny spells with a some wind at the summit! Unusual day for the Lake District in April!

Briony Holt in the U17 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Briony Holt in the U17 Race. Photo by Alan Dorrington

Having walked the route the week before, it was a lot steeper than I remembered, starting straight up the west edge to the walkers path at the top, over on to the summit and back down the west edge in to the finish in the town of Skegill. Despite all of my efforts in walking the course previously, I still managed to go the wrong way!
Prior to the race, I was expecting a good result as this course was perfect to my strengths (steep, long and narrow). However, due to having a bad start, I left myself too much to catch up on during the race. I came 3rd U17 girl which to be honest isn’t a position I can complain about! Maybe my strengths have changed a little bit since a year ago. Just to finish this race was an achievement, especially the younger juniors who had to climb a similar height as the under 19’s! Despite not coming in the position I wanted, I absolutely loved the course especially the FREE meat and potato or after the race. Onwards and upwards to the next one!

U13 Race

Pos Name Time
5 Jenson Bentham 11:11
15 Christopher Brown 12:15

U15 Race

Pos Name Time
41 Ella Dorrington 40:59

U17 Race

Pos Name Time
21 Briony Holt 37:10

Full Results

WRAY SCARECROW 10KJ

SUNDAY 23 APRIL

BLACKPOOL MARATHON & HALF MARATHON

Marathon Results

James Dunderdale and Stephanie Hawke took part in the Blackpool Marathon which usually runs on the same day as the London Marathon.

Report from James Dunderdale

I took on my very first 26.2 miler in 2016 at the Manchester Asics Marathon and it couldn’t have gone any worse than it did. I got stuck in traffic jams, started an hour late, had to run 2km to the start line and set off forgetting to take my glasses off. All this aside, my entry last year was a hasty decision and I went in to this race very under prepared and it showed.

This year I lined up at Blackpool having learned from some of my mistakes and things went a lot smoother. I won’t lie and say I followed a training programme and I never trained beyond 13 miles due to boredom – but I was more aware of preparation and my body’s limitations and didn’t try and set off at 10k pace like last year!

So there I was lined up on the start mat running with my Clayton vest, compression socks and a hydration backpack full of gels and McDonald fries for energy. My race plan was simple… stick to my own pace, don’t get carried away and forget the word ‘marathon‘, it’s just long run day! I was expecting myself to be out there for some time so to combat the boredom I took some music to help the miles fly and while I had checked that earphones were permitted, this created problems on its own. My dear wife had planned a surprise play list full of rock and cheesy power ballads (think AC/DC, Meatloaf and Aerosmith) for the long run ahead, however having borrowed the MP3 player off a friend’s 10 year old daughter and not deleting her music first I spent the next few hours listening to hits from One direction, Take That, Cher and What does the fox say? If looks could kill..!

James Dunderdale at the Blackpool Marathon.

James Dunderdale at the Blackpool Marathon.

I was soon knocking the miles down with fear in me that people could hear what was coming from my earphones. My pace was steady and I was feeling confident as I took in the sights of Blackpool. I passed the Tower, Sandcastle, Pleasure Beach and quite literally the hundreds of B&Bs along the front. I’d say this was good the first time but as the course was two laps of the seafront between Bispham and south Blackpool the next three times I passed them saw the appeal fade. All too quickly I discovered that I’m not a fan of loops whether it was in the running sense or the roller coasters thundering around above me. The weather was unusually nice for Blackpool and the crowds looked bewildered that a race was carrying on around them but they behaved and some were inspired enough to whip their tops off and run a few yards beside us with the beer bellies proudly slapping up and down. You couldn’t get upset at this after all… it’s the north and you’re in Blackpool!

The bag of cold McDonalds fries came in handy and kept me topped up with energy longer than I expected. I was within the last 10km before I started to decline and had to dig in and focus. Each and every mile after seemed to go on longer. The sun started to batter me more as the marathon became less of a run and more of a plod along and any small incline became another battle. The 26 mile marker was a real relief and the finish line which was hidden by one last slope. The same thought poured into my head as the Manchester Marathon… never again, but who knows? I got round in 3hrs 55min knocking an hour and a half off last year’s effort. With some real training and the temptation of the big one in London, this PB could be just another milestone.

Pos Name Cat Time
118 James Dunderdale M 3:55:59.7
225 Stephanie Hawke LV35 4:05:37.2

Half Marathon Results

Four Club member took on the half marathon course. First finisher was Paul Foster was new member Paul Foster in a borrowed shirt! He was our first runner and finished in 1:34:40 in 64th place. Double act Michelle Abbott and Cassie Smedley finished within a couple of seconds of each other 1:46:30 and 1:42:32 respectively, despite a tumble by Michelle at the 7K point. Lucy Scott completed our quartet in 385th place and a time of 1:58:30.

Report from Paul Foster

Although this was my second Blackpool Half Marathon, it was my first ever event as a member of Clayton le Moors Harriers, and despite valiant attempts by Deborah Greenwood to get me a race vest in time, the delivery didn’t come in time for Sunday so it was Mick Hughes to the rescue, lending me his race top for the day.

Paul Foster at the Blackpool Half Marathon

Paul Foster at the Blackpool Half Marathon

Blackpool is obviously a flat course, but it is always the weather that dictates whether it’s a tough race or not. Come St Georges Day and it was beautiful sunshine and only a gentle breeze along the Lancashire coastline, and a big friendly turnout for the 3 events taking place; the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.

I much prefer this event that follows the promenade (closed to traffic for the events) down to the South Shore and back, to the Great North West route earlier in the year, and I had a really good run, coming home with a PB by 4 minutes and 9th in my age group, even though I was really feeling it over the last few miles; something I need to work on!

It was great to be able to wave to fellow Clayton runners out on the course and the support, as always at this event was really good too. A new experience for me though was hearing shouts of “Come on Clayton” from spectators, which made me feel like a proper runner!

There are always ‘sights’ in Blackpool, and this year was no exception, seeing people checking out of their hotels and B&Bs looking worse for wear as you and a few thousand others happily trot past, but this year I had to smile as I passed a group of people waiting patiently for the lights to change at a pedestrian crossing near the tower so they could get across the road. There was no traffic other than runners because the road was closed for the event – I don’t think any runners stopped at the red light!

My next half marathon event is Leeds on Sunday 14th May.

 

Report from Cassie Smedley

What an eventful HM in Blackpool. The weather was great and the atmosphere was brilliant. With there being a 10k, HM and Full matathon there were lots of people. Me and Michelle set off well, on course for a sub 1hr 40. However, 7k in Michelle decided to take too much interest in what the pavement looked like!

Dynamic Duo Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbot at the Blackpool Half Marathon

Dynamic Duo Cassie Smedley and Michelle Abbot at the Blackpool Half Marathon

Pure grit and determination to finish, and a lots of encouragement and dragging Michelle along by me kept us going. Still a great time of 1hr 46. Brilliant support from the spectators and marshalls as always. Bring on the next adventure!

Pos Name Cat Time
64 Paul Foster MV45 1:34:40.6
194 Michelle Abbott LV35 1:46:30.4
197 Cassandra Smedley LV35 1:46:32.2
385 Lucy Scott L 1:58:30.4

Full Results

BOLTON ONE MILE RACE

Jack McGuire was our sole runner in this one mile race. He  finished in 16th place with a time of 7:28. A total of 90 runners took part

Full Results

MYND DRAGON FELL RACE

Mark Nutter was our sole runner in this 5.7 mile fell race with 2789ft of ascent organised by Mercia Fell Runners. He finished in 18th place overall with a time of 58:59 and was 1st MV55.

Mark Nutter in the Mynd Dragon fell race. Photo by Graham Spencer

Mark Nutter in the Mynd Dragon fell race. Photo by Graham Spencer

Full Results

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON

On a glorious day 10 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers were in London for the start of the world’s biggest marathon. Dan Plant was our first finisher in 3:05:51. Jon Cleaver finished soon after in 3:08:40. Lynsey Birtwistle was our first lady finisher and she was delighted to crack the 4 hour mark on her third London Marathon. As always our club members rose to the occasion and their hard work over the winter months paid off with some great times. Well done to all of you!

L-R Lynsey Birtwistle, Jane Hyland, Dan Plant, Jane Ellis and Clare Wilson

L-R Lynsey Birtwistle, Jane Hylands , Dan Plant, Lisa Ellis and Clare Wilson

Report from Lynsey Birtwistle

This was my third year and once again I managed a PB and finally the broke the elusive 4 hours! I set off in a quicker pen than last year and, even though you try not to, you do get carried away with the pace. I was going well till about 17 miles then it got tough! I managed to keep up good for age pace until the dreaded 20 miles then the wall came! I had to have several words with myself and I could feel 4 hours slipping away from me. I had to dig so deep in the last couple miles.

As I approached the mall my watch turned to 3:59 I had to sprint to the finish to come in at 3:59:34 a 6 minute PB! Last year I said never again but thank goodness I did! 3 is the magic number. Massive congrats to Dan plant also for running the race of his life and getting good for age

Report from Dan Plant

After getting lucky with a ballot place I was determined to make this marathon count. We got to the race village and there was a buzzing atmosphere and the nerves kicked in big time.

Dan Plant at the London Marathon

Dan Plant at the London Marathon

As the race started I tried sticking just behind the 3 hour pacer but he was really up on the pace so I just ran my own race trying to stick at 6.45s and even shocked myself how long I held it for . The fatigue started to kick in about 22 miles but I kept thinking the GFA time was on! I managed a sprint finish. Finishing 9 seconds under the GFA in 3.05; this is a massive achievement for me achieving a 13 min PB and 22 mins faster than last year. Thanks to all the Clayton runners for the support. Well done everyone some fantastic results!!

Report from Lisa Ellis

When I started running last winter, Running a Marathon was never my top priority but I did tell myself if I got the opportunity to run the London Marathon then I’d take it, after all some people wait years and still don’t get in.

Lisa Ellis and Jane Hylands with their finishers medals.

Lisa Ellis and Jane Hylands with their finishers medals.

The training was tough but so glad it did and although I didn’t pressure myself to a specific time I’m more than happy with the result as it turned out to be a hot run for most of us.

Massive thank you to the Clayton Family for the opportunity and the support, you’re all amazing!

Report from Jon Cleaver

This was my second attempt at London having ran 03:20 there in 2013. I met Dan early morning at the tube station and we went on to meet Lynsey to go onto Blackheath. I must admit I was pretty nervous on the day as I didn’t know how my legs would respond after running sub 3 just weeks before.

I started in pen 1 which was a luxury and off we went at 10:01. My legs didn’t feel brilliant from the off and it doesn’t help that it’s so busy that getting into a groove is nearly impossible for the first 10 miles for fear of tripping someone or you getting tripped. I ran the first half in 01:27 which was on plan, but I knew I couldn’t hold it for much longer. Dan came alongside me around the half way point running like a machine and it was great to see a familiar face, that didn’t last for long however as he left me for dust after about a mile. At that point I reset my expectations and just wanted to finish in a respectable time.

L-R Dan Plant, Lynsey Birtwistle and Jon Cleaver

L-R Dan Plant, Lynsey Birtwistle and Jon Cleaver

Slowing down actually let me take in a lot more of what was going on and the crowds were amazing 5 people deep in places. Seeing Justin a number of times on the route spurred us on and our families at Buckingham Palace. I actually got a second wind about mile 23 but by then it was too late to try for good for age. Dan Plant deserves a mention he has grafted like you would not believe over the last 4 months and I’ve taken him on some brutal long hilly training runs and I have never heard him complain! He smashed his PB and got good for age which means he is guaranteed a spot next year. Top guy, top training partner and top result – I knew he’d do it

Pos Name Cat Half time Finish Time
2425 Plant, Daniel 18-39 01:29:03 03:04:51
2856 Cleaver, Jonathan 18-39 01:28:19 03:08:40
4604 Cran, Alexander 45-49 01:33:50 03:20:13
4069 Hogan, Michael 45-49 01:35:42 03:16:58
11649 White, Colin 40-44 01:48:51 03:54:38
13234 Birtwistle, Lynsey Jeanetye 18-39 01:54:11 03:59:34
20765 Ellis, Lisa 18-39 02:11:27 04:30:35
24633 Wilson, Clare 18-39 02:15:30 04:46:04
27454 Hylands, Jane 45-49 02:20:03 04:58:04
29282 Naylor, Philip 18-39 02:22:19 05:07:05

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 410 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Richard STEVENSON 17:54 VM40-44 New PB!
7 Andy LAYCOCK 17:56 SM20-24
9 Jonathan PYE 18:01 SM25-29
12 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:25 JM15-17 New PB!
13 Chris SNELL 18:26 VM35-39
14 Kevin DAVIES 18:29 VM55-59
15 Josh HALL 18:32 JM15-17 New PB!
18 Jackson MCKAY 18:59 JM11-14
24 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 19:58 JM15-17
27 David MOYNIHAN 20:15 VM50-54 New PB!
32 Lennon JACKSON 20:49 JM11-14
43 Alison DUGDALE 21:32 VW45-49 New PB!
44 Donna RILEY 21:33 VW50-54
47 Michael STEVENS 21:45 JM11-14
48 Martin BRADY 21:49 VM55-59
65 Harry SMITH 22:20 JM10
67 Charlie BARNES 22:32 JM10
70 Chris LAWRENCE 22:34 VM50-54
71 Millie STUBBS 22:34 JW11-14
72 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:35 JW11-14
91 Aaron LUNDIE 23:25 JM15-17
96 David Ian SCOTT 23:31 VM70-74
103 Sarah ANGELONE 23:53 SW30-34
105 Julie DAWES 23:58 VW45-49
110 Dawn TERRY 24:13 VW50-54
119 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:34 JW11-14
128 Kian ADAMS 25:09 JM10 New PB!
130 Bryn BARNES 25:10 VM65-69
138 John WILCOCK 25:32 VM50-54
144 Annabel WILCOCK 25:40 JW15-17
155 Ian HARGREAVES 26:01 VM50-54
158 Melanie HIRST 26:05 VW40-44 New PB!
163 Imogen FERGUSON 26:07 JW11-14
197 Helen HARRISON 27:10 VW45-49
200 Beth QUINN 27:13 SW18-19
257 Darcey HIRST 29:15 JW10
262 Robert HIRST 29:35 VM65-69
300 Heidi KEWIN 31:22 JW11-14

Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 Michael STEVENS 7:53 JM11-14 New PB!
13 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:01 JW11-14
15 Imogen FERGUSON 9:03 JW11-14 New PB!
16 Kady THOMPSON 9:05 JW10 New PB!
22 Brayden CLARKSON 9:50 JM10
29 Darcey HIRST 10:42 JW10
50 Emily JOHNSON 12:38 JW10

Congleton parkrun – A total of 224 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jacob WATSON 17:21 SM30-34 First Timer!

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 227 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
131 Eileen JONES 29:28 VW65-69

Pendle parkrun – A total of 90 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Paul HESKETH 19:48 VM50-54 New PB!
3 Simon WILSHAW 20:30 JM15-17 New PB!
7 John HARTLEY 21:10 VM60-64
25 Barry MITCHELL 24:53 VM70-74
59 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:19 VW50-54
60 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 30:24 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 98 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
16 Carl CAREY 25:54 VM45-49 New PB!
20 Katy THOMPSON 26:22 VW60-64
23 Paul THOMPSON 26:31 VM45-49
58 Judith CAREY 33:34 VW35-39 First Timer!

 

Hobbling, Rolling, Navigating and Running Fast

It’s been a truly challenging weekend for our members. There have been ultra distances (both planned and unplanned!), navigational triumphs and woes, fell running, marathon practice, PB smashing 5Ks, and representing the county in cross country. You’ve been giving it your all.

 SATURDAY 11 MARCH

BLACK COMBE FELL RACE

A dozen Clayton Harriers took the trip up to Silecroft to run in the Black Combe Fell Race. This is a tough race which often has “interesting” weather to contend with. Jack Holt was our first Clayton finisher in 50th place with a time of 01:40:56. Jean Brown was our first Clayton lady in 88th place and 01:48:09. Kieran Carr was 1st V70. Excellent navigation skills are the key to this race it seems.

Martin Brady Reports

At 12:00 on Saturday 13 Clayton members set off to run the Black Combe Fell Race. Visibility was very poor which made route finding quite difficult. After a very steep initial 600ft climb the path up to Black Combe becomes more runnable. After the first visit of Black Combe summit the difficult navigation starts. There were runners comming from all directions whilst I was heading for the White Combe check point (including several Clayton runners).

The second climb up to Black Combe is also very steep to begin with. It is very similar to the last climb in the Tour of Pendle but 2.5 times longer. With the thick mist it was difficult to know how close the summit was which made the climb feel even longer. Pete Browning passed me on this climb and seemed to be moving twice as quick as every one else. I managed to get the wrong line off the last check point and ended up taking an extra 25 minute detour – I think I need the extra miles at the moment. Jack Holt was the first Clayton runner back with Jean Brown being the first Clayton lady. Kieran Carr had a great run just falling short of the V70 record (even after taking a detour on White Combe).

Peter Browning Reports

A typical day at Black Combe greeted the healthy contingent of Clayton runners who made the trip north to South West Lakeland. Low cloud blown in off the Irish Sea meant very limited visibility, and experience and navigational skills were required. It was a day when the fewest errors or following the right group was most important, and after the race there were many tales of going off course and losing time. The vastly experienced Clayton quartet of Wendy Dodds, Kieran Carr, Martin Brady and me all got it wrong at some point or other, and it was said that Kieran’s mistake cost him the chance of a new V70’s course record. All good fun though and all returned safely.

Report from Chris Snell

Drove up to Black Combe for a day out with coach Higgins to include a pub lunch and bit of Lakeland climbing with navigation practice. I navigated the course through the clag fairly well up until the last checkpoint. Unfortunately this is where I got over excited, and didn’t think it necessary to take a bearing being so close to the finish, and nearly ended up miles away from the finish line! Frustratingly top 50 to losing a painful amount of time and places according to the Black Combes dibber splits……lesson well learned!

A Footnote from Kieran Carr

Did Black Coombe, usual dense cloud and drizzle. Got to the top and tried to set my compass to 30deg and the needle was pointing south not north. Not sure how accurate so I’m down to tracking, good job I was brought up and played Cowies. Got help to CP3 with a lovely couple from Trawden, managed ok from there except for minor hiccup on descent. Anybody know what happened to my compass?

Pos Name Category Time
50 Jack Holt MV60 01:40:56
62 Ivan Whigham MV50 01:42:42
88 Jean Brown FV40 01:48:09
97 Kieran Carr MV70 01:50:36
115 Chris Whiteoak M 01:54:33
119 Wendy Dodds FV60 01:55:12
123 Peter Browning MV50 01:56:44
126 Andrew Howarth MV50 01:57:43
133 Chris Snell M 01:58:25
146 Dominic Carr MV40 02:05:40
148 Andrew Firth MV50 02:06:37
163 Martin Brady MV50 02:29:49

Full Results

CROSS-COUNTRY INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Four of our club members took the trip to Loughborough to represent Lancashire in the Cross Country Inter-Counties Championships.

Louisa PS - Adrian Royle

Louisa Powell-Smith running for Lancashire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. Photo by Adrian Royle

Danny Collinge, who only got called up to run three days before the event, ran in the Senior Men’s race finishing in 213th place in a time of 32:08. Louisa Powell-Smith ran in the Ladies race and finished in 36th place overall and 2nd Lancashire counter; the team finished in 8th place.

Briony Holt and Danny Collinge with Gemma Steel at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Briony Holt and Danny Collinge with Gemma Steel at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Briony Holt ran in the U15 Girls race finishing in 95th place overall and 2nd Lancashire counter; the team were 25th. Jackson McKay ran in the U13 Boys race and finished in 11th place.

Well done to all four Clayton runners who have done both the club and their County Teams proud!

Full Results

HAWORTH HOBBLE

A team of nine Clayton Harriers braced themselves for the long haul as they took on the Haworth Hobble, a 32 mile route traversing gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridgewith over 4,400 ft of ascent/descent. Maximum time allowed 11 hours.

Team Clayton at the Haworth Hobble. Photos by Laura and David Bradshaw of Sportsunday Photography

Team Clayton at the Haworth Hobble. Photos by Laura and David Bradshaw of Sportsunday Photography

Chris Holdsworth was our first finisher in 5th place overall, an outstanding run and finishing time of 03:57:38. Next to finish was Nicholas Olszewski in 11th and 05:

Report from Cassie Smedley

To say that I was nervous about the Haworth Hobble would be an understatement. I was being picked up by Team Olszewski/a at 6.15 am! We arrived early and signed, and collected my t-shirt. I must admit I did think now I have my t-shirt I can disappear, but I didn’t.

Team Clayton at the start of the Haworth Hobble.

Team Clayton at the start of the Haworth Hobble.

The start was very busy, and bloody steep! Adrienne was brilliant throughout the race. The pace was steady going, lots and lots of up hills and not enough down. The terrain was varied, with lots of mud! I fell yet again which seems to be the norm for me now, and I hit a brick wall at 20 miles in, but carried on and loved it. Really needed the veg stew at the end as I felt very light headed, and the jam doughnut was the sugar fix I needed . I am now an ultra runner. Thanks Nick and Adrienne for all your guidance pre, during and post race.

Position Name Cat Time
5 Christopher Holdsworth M 03:57:38
112 Nicholas Olszewski M55 05:37:38
127 Andrew Armstrong M45 05:48:27
181 Alan Dorrington M45 06:15:15
244 Chris Funnell M50 06:44:24
245 Robert Morrison M40 06:44:27
246 Simon Stansfield M40 06:44:30
311 Adrienne Olszewska F45 07:44:45
312 Cassandra Smedley F35 07:44:58

Full Results

SUNDAY 12 MARCH

COLTS SALT AYRE JUNIOR DUATHLON

Helana White competed in the Colts Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon. This is the first race in the Triathlon England North West league. This is also her first race in T2 category (U13’s) whilst she is still 10. She had to do 1.6K run, 5.2K bike and 600m run. She did well on the run, coming out 5th or 6th, but lost places on the bike, as she is still learning about effective gear changes especially in non-drafting races. She battled back to come 9th. Now to practice the gears for the next bike race (only unofficial results available so far)

FASTRAX 5K

10 Clayton Harriers took to the flat and fast cycle track in Barrowford to compete in the lasts Fastrax 5K race. Jonathan Pye was our first finisher in 11th place. Nick Hennessey continues to work hard and was 1st MJ, 15th overall. Michelle Abbott was our first lady in 32nd. Julia Rushton was 1st F50 and Bryn Barnes was 1st M65. PBs were in evidence as tough winter training is paying off for lots of our members.

Report from James Boult

Feeling inspired from JR’s endurance workshop on Saturday and the social that followed on Saturday evening with Denise Park and Mark Brown, I found myself race-searching for Sunday as a way to release all the built up motivation I’d gained having well and truly got the racing bug back. Fastrax have a great 5k series from the cycle track in Barrowford, the setting of the Grand Prix race later in the year; a great lung busting, PB searching course with 1km laps and no climb whatsoever. I’d missed the previous two races but felt this was a great way to see what I had in preparation for the Northern Athletics relays at the end of the month.

James Boult at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

James Boult at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Thankfully it’s a stone’s throw from my house otherwise I would not have made the start at 11am. A warm, beautiful morning gave us the feel of a summery race day as 48 of us started from the corner and set off on a course that does not allow let up. A 6.01 first mile was far too optimistic and made for a struggle through the middle of the race but I recovered well to record my fastest road time in nearly 7 months, 19:49, in what is finally starting to be progress in my return from a plague of injuries stretching back to October last year. Although not where I’d like to be, it’s a start and maybe would have been better had it not been for the stomach full of beer and vodka… rookie mistake.

Report from Judith Carey

We decided to have a go at the 5k Fastrax as we were free and making the most of our holiday as it came to an end. Having just got a parkrun 5k PB in Bryan Bach park the day before I wasn’t sure how my legs would be on another fast run. I was nervous whilst waiting for the start as all the runners were much faster than me so I knew I’d be running on my own at the back and have at least a lap to the end when everyone else had finished.

Julia Rushton (L) and Judith Carey at the Fastrax 5k. Photo by David Belshaw

Julia Rushton (L) and Judith Carey at the Fastrax 5k. Photo by David Belshaw

The race started and I tried really hard not to set off too fast with everyone and was on my own straight away so I began counting down the laps. As Carl passed me on the opposite side of the track I cheered him on thinking the end was in sight with one more lap to go to realise I had 2 argh! Thank you to the shouts out of encouragement and to Julia for running the final half a km with me. I smashed my 5k PB which I’d just done the day before. JR’s winter training has had a huge impact on my running, thank you coach Roche, the hard work is worth it.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
11 Jonathan Pye M (005/014) 00:17:58
15 Nicholas Hennessey MJ (001/002) 00:18:41
23 James Boult M (011/014) 00:19:50
28 Richard Briscoe M (012/014) 00:20:58
32 Michelle Abbott F35 (002/003) 00:22:42
34 Carl Carey M45 (005/005) 00:23:16
35 Julia Rushton F50 (001/001) 00:23:23
46 Bryn Barnes M65 (001/001) 00:26:03
47 Judith Carey F35 (003/003) 00:28:30
48 Jack S McGuire M60 (002/002) 00:29:51

Full Results

FASTRAX JUNIOR 2K RACE

Matthew Jackson won the latest race in the Fastrax series and was joined in the top ten by Charlie Plant who was first girl, Emily Nicholls, Olly Plant and Chris Barnes.  Great performances, as always, from our talented junior runners.

Matthew Jackson racing at the Fastrax 2K junior race. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson racing at the Fastrax 2K junior race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    Race3   
1 Matthew Jackson M10 00:07:49
2 Charlie Plant F7 00:10:19
3 Emily Nicholls F8 00:10:29
4 Olly Plant M6 00:14:40
7 Charlie Barnes M8 00:08:57
30 Jake O’Dowd M13 00:09:50
33 Luke Guest M12 00:08:40

Full Results

HEATON PARK 10K

Two Clayton Ladies took part in the Heaton Park 10K. Helen Harrison was our first finisher in 177th place and Deborah followed in 205th place. A total of 385 runners took part. The race runs on the paths through Heaton park.

Pos Name Cat Time
177 Helen Harrison V45 00:57:36
205 Deborah Greenwood V45 00:59:52

Full Results

HELM HILL

Four seniors and one junior member took part in the latest race of the Kendal Winter League Series. The Helm is a 4.8 mile race with 1197ft of ascent. Alan Life was our first finisher in 51st place and Wendy Dodds was our first lady finisher in 75th overall and 1st L60.

Wendy Dodds at the Helm Hill Fell Race. Photo by Andy

Wendy Dodds at the Helm Hill Fell Race. Photo by Andy Holden

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
51 Alan Life V50 44:59
75 Wendy Dodds L60 50:05
102 Carol Life L50 55:50

 U13 Race

Christopher Brown was our sole junior runner in the U13 race. He finished in 14th place overall with a time of 08:26.

Pos    Name    Time   
14 Christopher Brown 08:26

Full Results

RODDLESWORTH ROLLER 

Report from Wayne McIntosh

Just myself and Ron Chappell ran at the Roddlesworth Roller today. An undulating 5.5 mile trail race around the picturesque roddlesworth reservoirs. Treated as more of a training run after a spell of reduced running through a virus. I’d set a modest target of getting round in approx 50 mins and came in slightly outside that finding it tough over the largely uphill first half of the race. Finished in 51:48 and 144th overall. A good little race which I would recommend to fellow harriers.

Wayne McIntosh at the Roddlesworth Roller.

Wayne McIntosh at the Roddlesworth Roller.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
144 Wayne McIntosh MS (042/046) 00:51:48
206 Ron Chappell M65 (006/009) 01:05:35

Full Results

SWEATSHOP 10 MILE

Five Harriers toed the start line of this 10 mile race on the lower and upper promenade at Bispham near Blackpool. Elizabeth Mullan was both our first Clayton finisher in 45th place overall and fourth lady in the race.

Elizabeth Mullan at the Sweatshop 10 Mile race. Photo by David Wood

Elizabeth Mullan at the Sweatshop 10 Mile race. Photo by David Wood

Report From James Dunderdale

Good old Blackpool was the stage for the Sweatshop 10 miler and just as the seaside town lures us northern folk to its coastline with the promise of ‘cheap and cheerful’, this race followed suit and offered an absolute bargain of a run out for around a tenner. That’s right… at the same price as ten sticks of rock or two donkey rides! Runners lined up to take advantage of the low cost and Blackpool’s flat promenade and set their sights on a new potential PB.

James Dunderdale at the Sweatshop 10 Mile race. Photo by David Wood

James Dunderdale at the Sweatshop 10 Mile race. Photo by David Wood

The ten mile route was more or less two laps of both the upper and lower promenades following a well known Blackpool to Bispham and back route that is well known to be at the mercy of the elements. However, the weather on the day while not good enough to warrant ice creams and deck chairs did behave itself enough to allow a fair effort without battling too much wind or rain. As expected, there was excellent team spirit on the day before and after the race and it’s worth noting that all Clayton runners stayed on to cheer the last of the Harriers across the finish line. Whilst there were only the five of us there on the day, this showed real class – defo something that makes me proud to have joined the club this year. Bargain run – well organized – get on it next year!

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
45 Elizabeth Mullan FS (004/027) 01:10:46
50 Stephen Biscomb M60 (004/012) 01:11:19
82 James Dunderdale M35 (015/019) 01:15:48
85 Adam Stephenson MS (013/019) 01:16:08
151 Lucy Scott FS (011/027) 01:27:29

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SPEN 20

Five Clayton men took part in the Spen 20,  a hilly two loop road run in rural and urban areas. Lee Smith was our first Clayton finisher in 8th place

Report from Dave Motley

Another weekend, another road race! God I’m looking forward to getting back to the fells!

This weekend saw me target the Spen 20, a hilly 20-mile course in Yorkshire to see how my marathon preparation was going. I travelled across with fellow marathon men Lee Smith, Jon Cleaver & Dan Plant and we met Dave Bagot on the start line. I’d completed the course 5 or 6 years ago and had a vague memory of hills and I wasn’t disappointed, if you’re not going up you’re coming down in this tough 20miler.

Me & Dave B set the early pace for the Clayton men and found ourselves well inside the top 10 after 5 or 6 miles running probably a little too quick, early 6 min miles, mile 9 and we hit a long descent and my watch flashed up 5:50, definitely too quick as me & Dave B got carried away. We later paid for the early pace as Smithy came breezing past us with 4 or 5 other runners and went onto smash the 2nd half of the race finishing in 7th (I think) in a time of 2:09.

I struggled mile 10-12 but then got my s**t together and managed to come back and pick up 12th (I think) in a time of 2:12, Dave Bagot ran strong and finished in 2:14, Jon Cleaver 2:18 and Dan Plant smashed his target for the day finishing in 2:24.

Looking back I finished with an average pace of 6:35 on a very hilly course which is way in front of marathon target time, this despite me setting off and running mile 9 like an idiot, what was I thinking 5:50. On the form of this bunch of marathon men then I think the marathon will be a piece of cake.

Report from Jon Cleaver

Spen 20: We had 5 Clayton runners at the event Dave Motley, Lee Smith, Dan Plant and myself preparing for the Marathon in a few weeks and Dave Bagot preparing for the 3 Peaks. The course was tough clocking over 1400ft of climbing. Scenery was great and the weather was perfect. Lee Smith came in first in 7th place showing all us youngsters (relatively speaking!) up. Decent day out and I think we were all chuffed with our times. Now onwards to the Trimpell 20 next Sunday where I will be pushing the pace a bit harder!

Position Name Category Time
8 Lee Smith M 2.09.07
14 Dave Motley M 2.12.15
17 David Bagot M 2.13.38
26 Jonathan Cleaver M 2.18.14
37 Daniel Plant M 2.23.56

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WEST PENNINE MOORS TRAIL MARATHON

Report from Richard Stevenson

I was looking for a long race to primarily use as a long training run and was unsure whether to choose the West Pennine Trail marathon or Howarth Hobble in the end I went against the majority and headed over to Darwen as I was put off with the 31+ miles of the Hobble.Richard

The marathon promised me – 26.2 challenging miles across the glorious West Pennines, taking in the Iconic Darwen Tower!  The route would take me on a journey across the Darwen Moor towards Rivington, stopping short, the route would change direction and takes runners to Peel Tower and over Holcombe Moor before running back to Darwen.

The weather was perfect on the morning and from the start in Sunnyhurst Park we headed off up the steady climb to Darwen Tower, the route took us straight past the tower and off towards the moors, a few miles in I had found myself out in front and with the course being partially marked I was finding the navigation ok.

By the time I’d reached CP1 near Belmont Reservoir I’d been joined by 2 others mainly due to me doing the navigating and they just following. We’d stayed pretty much as a group on to CP2 and for a few more miles before we hit a problem, we’d lost any sign of the route and the way the map showed us all looked to be fenced off with DANGER: KEEP OUT signs and plenty of barbed wire, we followed a track to the left which brought us to a farm but it turned out to be the wrong farm and we were about a mile off course.

So after our 2 mile detour we’d got ourselves back on the course again and I’d managed to open up a gap on my 2 comrades as we headed up to Peel Tower and onto Holcombe Moor, I’d gone past 1 chap and could see 2 more in front of me but I didn’t know how many had gone past when we went off on our detour.

Heading over the moors and the lovely peat bogs towards Entwistle I’d managed to overtake the 2 in front and was informed at CP3 that I was back in the lead, from here it was a slow and steady climb back towards Darwen Tower but by now the weather had turned and the mist was down so you couldn’t see the Tower, which seemed to make the climb back up drag on forever. Once there though it was a quick 1 mile straight down into Sunnyhurst Park and through the finish taking first place.

So I’d managed to turn the marathon which had a longer course anyway into a 30 mile ultra, maybe I should have done the Howarth Hobble after all.

AWAITING OFFICIAL RESULTS

JACKALS RUN HALF MARATHON

The Jackals Run Trail Half Marathon is a very challenging 2000ft trail half marathon round Darwen Moors. With an uphill start out of Sunnyhurst Woods, it’s a very tight start and you can lose a few minutes getting stuck behind people walking up the hill. The first mile and half was mainly uphill road and trail followed by 2 miles of more uphill through mud. Donna

Someone had taken the markers down at this point and although the RD had sent a route video out to everyone I was glad I’d done a recce with Julia as the front runners did go the wrong way. The next 2 miles was more up and down in more mud and included a very technical decent which I was petrified of! I was pleased I managed both attempts without any bone breakages. Finally arriving at the Tower there was a lovely trail path downhill for about a mile back to the start. Then round again for those on the half! First lady Angela was in my sights most of the way round the 1st lap. She absolutely smashed the 2nd lap and I only caught glimpse of her once.

Very happy with 2nd place though and an overall top 10 finish (8th I think). Marshals fab as always and the veggie soup at the end was lovely. LOVE the medal, definitely on my list for next year!

AWAITING OFFICIAL RESULTS

AND FINALLY…

A very happy 60th birthday to David Belshaw, a great friend and supporter to our club.

dAVID BELSHAW

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Bolton parkrun – A total of 352 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
185 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:36 VW50-54 First Timer!

Bryn Bach parkrun – A total of 135 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
69 Judith CAREY 29:09 VW35-39 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 453 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Jacob WATSON 17:38 SM30-34
6 Jonathan PYE 18:30 SM25-29
8 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:38 JM15-17 New PB!
20 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:08 JM15-17
23 Gareth BERRY 20:21 VM40-44
27 Matthew JACKSON 20:54 JM11-14
28 Sean CLARE 20:55 VM50-54
33 Nick ROSCOE 21:12 VM45-49
36 Mick HUGHES 21:20 VM40-44 New PB!
38 Andy QUINN 21:27 VM45-49
39 David MOYNIHAN 21:28 VM50-54
45 Lennon JACKSON 21:47 JM11-14
49 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:52 VM60-64
55 Kevin DAVIES 22:08 VM55-59
58 Aaron LUNDIE 22:28 JM11-14
73 Michelle ABBOTT 22:59 VW35-39
88 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:41 JW11-14
91 David Ian SCOTT 23:50 VM70-74
95 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:58 JM11-14
96 Charlie BARNES 24:02 JM10 New PB!
106 Brian WILDMAN 24:29 VM50-54
117 Nina KEWIN 24:43 VW35-39
130 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:16 JW11-14
133 Dawn TERRY 25:20 VW50-54
138 Annabel WILCOCK 25:29 JW15-17
139 John WILCOCK 25:30 VM50-54
148 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:53 JM10
150 Richard LAWSON 26:01 VM75-79
154 Bryn BARNES 26:10 VM65-69
162 Julie DAWES 26:21 VW45-49
173 Kian ADAMS 26:52 JM10
178 Wayne MCINTOSH 27:03 SM30-34
201 Justin BIRTWISTLE 27:46 VM40-44
213 Deborah GREENWOOD 28:28 VW45-49
257 Robert HIRST 29:47 VM65-69
261 Ron CHAPPELL 30:08 VM65-69
263 Marion WILKINSON 30:12 VW75-79
268 Darcey HIRST 30:25 JW10
270 Lucy STEVENSON 30:30 JW15-17
313 Rachel STEVENSON 32:05 JW10
314 Richard STEVENSON 32:08 VM40-44

Burnley junior parkrun – a total of 58 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Aaron LUNDIE 8:04 JM11-14 New PB!
4 Heidi KEWIN 9:10 JW11-14
5 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:28 JW11-14
6 Kady THOMPSON 9:39 JW10
16 Darcey HIRST 10:56 JW10
23 Jessica MCBRIDE 11:48 JW10

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 198 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
49 Martin BRADY 25:37 VM55-59

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 193 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
56 Philip NAYLOR 25:11 VM35-39

Pendle parkrun – A total of 88 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 David WALKER 18:45 VM35-39 New PB!
14 Richard BRISCOE 22:54 VM35-39
25 Simon WILSHAW 24:29 JM15-17
58 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 32:20 VW65-69

Penrith Lakes parkrun – A total of 121 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
86 Robin PRICE 36:12 VM70-74 New PB!

Witton parkrun – A total of 87 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
43 Helen HARRISON 31:30 VW45-49 First Timer!
85 Julia RUSHTON 56:44 VW50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 718 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
358 Beth QUINN 27:21 SW18-19

 

Harriers are Marching In

There was a brief sniff of spring in the air for a few moments on Saturday as our members raced hard at the cross country fixture in Leigh and on Pendle Hill. Another successful cross country season has come to a close with superb turnouts from stalwarts and new members alike. We’ve also had some great performances on the roads and the fells, as well as course record setting on the High Peak Marathon.

SATURDAY 4 MARCH

HIGH PEAK MARATHON

The HPM is open to teams of four all of whom must have experience of strenuous winter expeditions in mountainous country. Teams must be self-sufficient with no supporter assistance.

Jean Brown took part in this event as part of a team with Nicky Spinks, Beth Pascall and Kirsty Hewitson. They finished in fourth place overall and were the first ladies team in a time of 09:32:15

Report from Jean Brown

The High Peak Marathon describes itself as ‘The over-night mountain marathon around the Derwent Watershed in the High Peak District’ – the marathon bit is not about the distance – the FRA website has it down as 67km / 41.6miles with 1645m / 5397ft of climbing, however the actual distance depends very much on how good your navigation is over featureless bog! The race is run overnight in teams of four set off at one minute intervals. It is very difficult to get into being limited to 40/50 teams with a strong element of those who have done it before having priority.

L-R Nicky Spinks, Jean Brown, Beth Pascal and Kirsty Hewitson

L-R Nicky Spinks, Jean Brown, Beth Pascal and Kirsty Hewitson

It was therefore quite something to be on the starting line at 23:41 on Friday evening with Nicky Spinks, Beth Pascall and Kirsty Hewitson – a very strong team…and me! Nicky has done the race lots of times and had reccied the challenging sections plenty of times, to add to all of the team reccys we had had – both for the aborted 2016 race and again for this year (a very heavy dump of snow at exactly the wrong time meant the race didn’t take place in 2016 – the roads were all closed!). As Nicky has done well in mixed teams in the past (this was her first time in a ladies team for the event) we were set off fourth from last, giving us lots of teams to chase down and then try to pass on sometimes narrow paths.

I can’t remember too much of the night – it was 9 hrs 32 minutes of following the person in front, usually Nicky who did a fantastic job of the navigation. The heavy rain had almost stopped by the time we started and the mist cleared after a few hours – the bogs were, however, on top form having been fed by the recent very heavy rain and melting snow! The latter section over Kinder was the worst for still having snow on the paths – just to make it a little harder work when you were really quite tired! I had some gut problems and was never going to be one of the strongest on the team, but it is a team event and they were all great. Our finishing time gave us a new ladies record and 4th overall – which made the huge effort well worthwhile!

For anyone thinking, how did that all come about? It is down to Katy Thompson; in 2015, seeing Nicky at a race, I mentioned to Katy that I would love to ask her if she would be my partner for the Old Counties Tops, a long pairs fell race in the Lakes that I had done with Simon Halliday and Martin Terry, and really enjoyed. Katy said something along the lines of ‘there is no harm in asking’ – after checking up on the date, Nicky agreed. The rest, they say, is history! Thanks Katy!

Full Results

MID LANCS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – LEIGH

This was the final fixture for this year’s Mid Lancs Cross Country League and our final chance to push for places and medals. Our Under 11 boys completed their excellent season with a win and a Gold Medal for Dexta Thompson as well as for the Team. Our U15 girls have also had an excellent series and battled hard to earn an individual Silver medal for Briony Holt and a Gold for the team.

All of our juniors have put in some tremendous performances in some tough conditions with some great results to show for it.

U11 GIRLS

Team position – 10th (H White | K Thompson | R Stevenson)

Pos Name Time
11 Helana White 6:21
65 Kady Thompson 7:50
69 Rachel Stevenson 8:12
71 Emily Nicholls 8:20
74 Ellisia Smedley 8:54

U11 BOYS

Team Position – 1st (D Thompson | R Smedley | J Bentham)

Robbie Smedley at the Mid Lancs XC fixture at Leigh. Photo by David Wood

Robbie Smedley at the Mid Lancs XC fixture at Leigh. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 5:23
2 Robbie Smedley 5:39
20 Jenson Bentham 6:13
26 Matthew Jackson 6:27
57 Joshua McKay 7:25

U13 GIRLS

Bronia Olszewska in the U13 Girls' race. Photo by David Wood

Bronia Olszewska in the U13 Girls’ race. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Time
55 Keira Stevenson 10:36
58 Bronia Olszewska 11:26

U13 BOYS

Team Position – 6th (J McKay | L Jackson | W Nicholls)

William Nicholls in the U13 Boys Race. Photo by David Wood

William Nicholls in the U13 Boys Race. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Time
4 Jackson McKay 10:33
27 Lennon Jackson 12:05
38 William Nicholls 12:41

U15 GIRLS

Team Position – 2nd (B Holt | M Stubbs | N Olszewska)

Briony Holt in the U15 Girls' race. Photo by David Wood

Briony Holt in the U15 Girls’ race. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Time
6 Briony Holt 11:23
12 Millie Stubbs 12:05
24 Natasha Olszewska 13:52

U15 BOYS

Team Position 7th (N Hennessey | S Grewal | A Stevenson)

Stanley Grewal in the U15 Boys' race. Photo by David Wood

Stanley Grewal in the U15 Boys’ race. Photo by David Wood

Pos Name Time
13 Nick Hennessey 14:40
22 Stanley Grewal 15:30
28 Adam Stevenson 16:28

U17 MEN

Curtis holt

Curtis Holt in the U17 Mens’ race. Photo by James Boults

WILSHAW Simon

Simon Wilshaw in the U17 Mens’ race. Photo by James Boult

Pos Name Time
11 Curtis Holt 21:26
15 Simon Wilshaw 23:04

SENIOR RACES

Another cross country season has drawn to a close with some great results for the club. Division 1 placings for both the men and the women’s teams.

Clayton Ladies in action at the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture in Leigh. Photo by James Boult

Clayton Ladies in action at the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture in Leigh. Photo by James Boult

Our vet ladies have achieved Bronze (third place) for both V35 and V45 and Silver (second place) for the V55 team with and individual silver medal for Irene Roche. Our men achieved Bronze for the A team, V40 and V50 teams.

SENIOR WOMEN

Report from Irene Roche

 As another Mid Lancs season draws to an end I just want to say a huge thanks to all the ladies who took part in one or more of the races. We have had an excellent turnout throughout from lots of regulars who turn out each season and new faces too. It’s a pleasure to see newcomers to cross country giving it a go and enjoying the experience, mud and working hard to keep going both included.

But the best part of it, as I’ve heard our ladies say, is the laugh together before and after the race. Another important thing to mention is the sacrifices some of our ladies have made over the winter to attend the venues. This includes season tickets for Saturday football at Turf Moor Burnley. So with our dedication we’ve managed to win medals for the V35, V45 and V55 teams.

Elizabeth Mullan at the Mid Lancs Cross Country. Photo by James Boult

Elizabeth Mullan at the Mid Lancs Cross Country. Photo by James Boult

We also have one senior lady, Elizabeth Mullan, achieve 18th position overall for the over 18 ladies. So between us all we’ve been just brilliant! Many thanks ladies!

A Team 5th (E Mullan | C Darling-Smedley | M Abbott)

B Team 16th (I Roche | D Airey | J Bennett)

Over 35 Team 3rd ( C Darling-Smedley | M Abbott | I Roche)

Over 45 Team 2nd (I Roche | J Bennett | D Terry)

Over 55 Team    2nd (I Roche | C Egerton | C Leathley)

Pos Name Cat Time
28 Elizabeth Mullan L 25:22
31 Cassie Darling-Smedley L35 25:40
32 Michelle Abbott L35 25:49
37 Irene Roche L55 26:04
45 Donna Airey L35 26:53
48 Joanne Bennett L45 26:55
56 Angela Shian L35 27:43
69 Dawn Terry L45 28:43
74 Bianca Bennett L 29:18
79 Janine Pollard L45 29:51
98 Jane Hylands L45 31:38
124 Christine Egerton L65 35:28
133 Christine Leatheley L65 39:33
135 Susan Allen L55 42:07

SENIOR MEN

Our men have put in a consistent set of performances throughout the season to maintain their division 1 status and take Bronze for Senior Men, V40 and V50 teams.

Chris Holdsworth. Photo by Donna Airey

Chris Holdsworth. Photo by Donna Airey

Report from Adam Stephenson

“It’s a nice easy one”, “More of a trail race” and “You’ll enjoy it” were a few of the quotes I heard regarding the XC at Leigh Sports Village. I’d never done XC before, not really a fan of getting my shoes dirty. I don’t even own a pair of spikes! With it being the last race of the season I thought I would give it a bash, see if I enjoy it and then prepare myself for next year’s events. Jason kindly organised me a number a couple of days before. I rolled up and met up with the rest of the team at the tent and there was whispers that the course was a lot wetter and muddier than anticipated, people searching their bags to see if they had their spikes in there. Great!

Adam Stephenson in his first cross country race at Leigh. Photo by Donna Airey

Adam Stephenson in his first cross country race at Leigh. Photo by Donna Airey

The ladies had their race and I had a little wander round and realised that this was going to be hard work! We got our race underway and I set off relatively confidently, until I got about a mile into the course and hit what I can only describe as a mud bath… my trail shoes offered me nothing in the way of grip and I found myself swinging from tree branches to stay upright! Long story short, reached the 10k finish line and my legs were absolutely shot, totally different to anything I’d done previously.

Mick Hughes and Andy Quinn at Mid Lancs Leigh 2017

Mick Hughes and Andy Quinn at Mid Lancs Leigh 2017

Overall I was happy I gave it a go and clocked in at around the 50 minute mark which I was content with for my first try. I’ll definitely give it another go, will keep an eye out for some out of season bargains and hit the ground running (pardon the pun) when the new season comes about later in the year. Great turnout of Harriers and great support.

A Team 3rd (C Holdsworth | D Collinge | J Watson | R Stevenson | M Duckworth | A Holt)

B Team 15th (A Cran | J Boult | J Wilcock | J Roche | A Quinn | M Hughes)

Over 40 Team 4th (R Stevenson | A Holt | A Cran | J Wilcock)

Over 50 Team 3rd (J Wilcock | J Roche | A Life)

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Christopher Holdsworth M 37:05
9 Danny Collinge M 38:29
18 Jacob Watson M 40:51
44 Richard Stevenson V40 43:09
48 Matthew Duckworth M 43:09
61 Andrew Holt V40 44:26
79 Alex Cran V40 46:00
95 James Boult M 46:51
99 John Wilcock V50 47:10
105 John Roche V50 47:32
121 Andy Quinn V40 48:28
123 Mick Hughes V40 48:29
130 David Moynihan V40 49:07
137 Alan Life V50 49:52
147 Craig Nicholls V40 50:40
152 Adam Stephenson M 50:48
163 James Hickie V50 51:54
168 Jason Pier V40 52:49
181 David Scott V70 56:30

Full Results

MID LANCS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – SERIES RESULTS IN FULL

Divisions | Individual Results

STAN BRADSHAW PENDLE ROUND

After what seems like weeks of rain and generally bad weather, the sun made a rare appearance for this year’s Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round which drew 241 runners to the start line including an impressive 32 club runners even with the final Mid Lancs cross country fixture on the same day.

The race was won by Rob Hope of Pudsey and Bramley AC in a time of 01:07:15. Matt Perry was the first Clayton man in 8th place overall. Andrew Laycock, Peter Coates, David Bagot and Tim Edward all grabbed top twenty finishes. Alison Dugdale was our first Clayton Lady in 159th place overall and Katy Thompson was 1st F60.

Report from Sarah Helliwell

The sun was out and shining brightly as runners signed on and milled around Barley. There was a good atmosphere as Colin gave us his ‘words of wisdom’ before we set off. I was unsure what time I would do as it was my first time doing the Stan Bradshaw, however I wanted to get as close to 2 hours as possible so I knew I had to do a good pace along the road – flat road running I do not like!

Sarah Helliwell, Jo Perry and Kath Brady at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. Photo by David Belshaw

Sarah Helliwell, Jo Perry and Kath Brady at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. Photo by David Belshaw

As we turned to go up Buttock there was a long line of runners disappearing into the distance. I could see Linda and Katy as they picked their way through runners and I tried to keep them in sight. Once past the trig I gave a “hello” to Richard at CP1 before making the boggy, muddy, wet and leg sapping journey past Scout Cain towards the Nick and eventually Churn Clough Reservoir with Kath and Jo on my shoulder. There was a shout out of “come on ladies” from the marshals and Team Motley at CP3 before we headed back round Churn Clough and over to Stainscombe and Stan’s Hut. It was here that I started to feel good and took my first look at my watch and thought right under 2 hours I come!

I started to pass runners up Lower Dale and down to Upper Ogden before the last climb up Buttock for the second time where I saw Teresa in front of me at the top of the hill. As I made my way back to Barley over the boggy, wet fields I could feel my calves cramping as I pulled them up out of the sticky mud. I was glad to see the last decent to the finish and was “well chuffed” with my time of 1hr 57mins. Comfortably under 2 hours in my book! A number of us waited at the finish to shout the other runners home before we cleaned ourselves in the stream. There were a number of good runs from male and female Clayton runners on a pleasant spring day on Pendle. Well done to all 32 Clayton runners who ran, and a special well done to Jo Perry and Teresa De Curtis who both had never done a 10 mile fell race before. Fantastic stuff ladies and all 8 ladies who ran!

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
8 Matt Perry MS (007/049) 01:14:00
11 Andrew Laycock MS (010/049) 01:15:51
13 Peter Coates M40 (002/061) 01:17:56
16 David Bagot MS (013/049) 01:19:04
17 Tim Edward M50 (002/057) 01:19:06
21 Carl Helliwell M40 (005/061) 01:20:14
25 David Edmondson M40 (008/061) 01:21:18
27 Paul Hesketh M50 (003/057) 01:22:02
32 Chris Snell MS (017/049) 01:23:12
41 Ryan Wilkinson MS (020/049) 01:24:29
58 Dominic Carr M40 (020/061) 01:28:11
66 Chris Funnell M50 (013/057) 01:29:33
75 Jack Holt M60 (004/018) 01:31:15
76 Ivan Whigham M50 (015/057) 01:31:18
135 Sean Clare M50 (026/057) 01:40:45
142 Peter Browning M50 (028/057) 01:41:34
159 Alison Dugdale F40 (009/023) 01:45:13
160 Geoff Smith M40 (051/061) 01:45:26
175 Rick Moore M50 (040/057) 01:47:36
177 Dave Naylor M60 (012/018) 01:47:47
179 Pater Dugdale M60 (014/018) 01:48:46
180 Martin Brady M50 (042/057) 01:48:52
186 Richard Briscoe MS (045/049) 01:50:34
188 Simon Stansfield M40 (057/061) 01:50:54
195 Katy Thompson F60 (001/003) 01:53:31
196 Andy Firth M50 (048/057) 01:53:45
202 Linda Lord F60 (002/003) 01:54:31
204 Teresa De Curtis F40 (012/023) 01:55:33
212 Sarah Helliwell FS (013/017) 01:57:14
219 Kath Brady F50 (004/007) 01:59:10
224 Joanne Perry FS (016/017) 02:02:29
237 Adrienne Olszewska F40 (021/023) 02:19:35

Full Results

SUNDAY 5 MARCH

CAUTLEY FELL RACE

Katy Thompson was our sole runner in the latest race of the Kendal Winter League Series. Cautley is a 4 mile race with 2175ft of ascent organised by Helm Hill Runners. The race starts with a brisk canter along a trail, across the river, then a big climb up Gr Dummacks. The descent is long and spectacular when not in thick mist.

Katy Thompson at the Cautley Fell race. Photo by Estelle Willis

Katy Thompson at the Cautley Fell race. Photo by Estelle Willis

Katy finished 109th and 1st LV60. Her second category win of the weekend having taking 1st LV60 in the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round the day before!

Christopher Brown ran in the U13 race, finishing in 8th place with a time of 10:12 in a field of 76 runners.

Full Results

HAWESWATER HALF MARATHON

Kevin Davies and Alun Hall took part in this out and back course from Brampton Village that passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley.

Kevin Davies finished first in 42nd place with a time of 01:28:34 and 1st M55. Alun Hall was 153rd in 01:43:59. A total of 458 runners took part

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
42 Kevin Davies M55 (001/035) 01:28:34
153 Alun Hall M55 (012/035) 01:43:59

Full Results

RED HOT TODDY 10K

Tracy Mitchell and Robert Hirst took part in this hilly course that climbs from Centre Vale Park in Todmorden to Sourhall before heading back down Bacup Road and Todmorden town centre before finishing back in the park.

Tracy was our first Clayton finisher in 44th place overall as well as 2nd Lady and 1st F40. Robert Hirst was 112th overall .

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
44 Tracy Mitchell F40 48:47
112 Robert Hirst M65 63:31

Full Results

RON HILL 10K

24 Club members took to the streets of Accrington for the Ron Hill 10K race. Danny Collinge was 3rd overall with a time of 34:54. Amanda Duffy was our first lady in 84th and 46:35

Danny Collinge at the Ron Hill 10K Race. Photo by Sean Hansford

Danny Collinge at the Ron Hill 10K Race. Photo by Sean Hansford

Pos Bib Name Cat Time
3 40 Danny Collinge M U23 34:54.0
25 41 Jordan McDonald MU23 40:51.0
42 512 Gareth Berry M40 43:19.0
60 88 Reece Lawrence MJ U18 44:44.0
72 295 David Moynihan M50 45:47.0
73 483 Robert Morrison M40 45:50.0
74 375 James Dunderdale M35 45:52.0
84 60 Amanda Duffy F35 46:35.0
86 57 Christopher Lawrence M50 46:57.0
87 373 Helen O’Rourke F 46:58.0
90 100 Claire Vincent F 47:10.0
111 329 Andrew Webster M45 48:20.0
121 192 Michelle Abbott F35 49:13.0
167 222 Lisa Ellis F 52:08.0
168 525 Jane Ryan F35 52:08.0
170 376 Lucy Scott F 52:13.0
176 184 Bianca Bennett F 52:32.0
248 392 Danny Pilkington M40 55:59.0
260 188 Stuart Barker M50 56:39.0
261 508 Mark Knowles M40 56:42.0
276 120 Jane Hylands F45 57:36.0
309 361 Justin Birtwistle M40 59:16.0
340 125 Karen Clarkin F40 1:01:45.0
388 454 Ron Chappell M65 1:05:53.0
401 172 Anita Jones F60 1:07:09.0

Full Results

RON HILL 1 MILE RACE

10 junior runners and Jack McGuire ran in the 1 mile race. Lennon Jackson was our first finisher followed a few seconds later by his brother Matthew. Helana White was our first girl in 9th overall and 2nd Girl . Some great running on show for our very youngest runners as well so well done to all that ran!

Clayton Juniors at the Ron Hill 1 mile race. Photo by Sean Hansford

Clayton Juniors at the Ron Hill 1 mile race. Photo by Sean Hansford

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Lennon Jackson MJ U14 06:10.0
6 Matthew Jackson MJ U12 06:18.0
9 Helana White FJ U12 06:29.0
10 Luke Guest MJ U14 06:41.0
11 Charlie Britwistle MJ U12 06:48.0
14 Alfie White MJ U16 07:03.0
15 Thomas Hopkinson MJ U10 07:14.0
17 Jake Anforth MJ U10 07:21.0
18 Toby Britwistle MJ U10 07:22.0
34 McGuire Jack M60 08:59.0
40 Freya Britwistle FJ U10 09:24.0
45 Emily Johnson FJ U10 09:46.0

Full Results

TRAFFORD 10K

Three club members took part in this fast and flat 10K road race in the South Manchester area. There were just over 800 runners taking part. Lee Smith was our first finisher in 223rd place and with a time of 35:46. Laura Hesketh was our sole lady runner and she finished in 270th with a time of 37:14 Dave Motley completed the trio in 281st place and 37:32.

Report from Dave Motley

2017 sees me return to the Marathon after my last attempt to run sub 3hr failed after my 2:59 was chalked off due to the organisers measuring the course short. In preparation for the marathon I made the decision early on to do a little more tarmac pounding and targeted Trafford 10k. I’d managed to rope fellow marathon man Lee Smith into the race. We set off from Burnley at 7:45am in glorious sunshine and the sunshine quickly disappeared as we hit the outskirts of Manchester and by 9:30am, race start we were getting drenched.

Dave Motley at the Trafford 10K. Photo by Michelle Searby

Dave Motley at the Trafford 10K. Photo by Michelle Searby

Another reason for targeting this race was the appeal of the course and calibre of the other runners, this was a PB course and the course didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately the start gets a little congested and it takes a few hundred metres to properly get into your stride, however it was great (in a strange way) to see 300+ runners already stretching out into the distance after only ½ mile. I felt to be going strong and was comfortable running 6min miles, but I just couldn’t get my body to respond to the 5:50’s I needed for a PB and I couldn’t get my body to surge the 30/40 metres I needed to get onto the group containing Laura Hesketh. I finished the race in 37:30 (ish) soaked to the bone about 20 seconds behind Laura and 2 minutes behind Mr Smith in his first proper 10k (he doesn’t get out much).

Although a little disappointed with not achieving a PB I’m still going to take the positives from this race, such as how comfortable I felt running at 6min miles. Next up is a hilly Spen 20 at the weekend with fellow marathon men Smithy, Cleaver & Plant, 4 weeks to go until the marathon.

Pos Name Cat Time
223 Lee Smith M 35:46
270 Laura Hesketh F 37:14
281 Dave Motley M 37:32

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 265 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Jonathan PYE 19:22 SM25-29
9 Terry O’LEARY 19:55 VM35-39
10 Michael HOGAN 19:57 VM45-49 New PB!
11 Daniel PLANT 19:58 VM35-39
12 Gareth BERRY 20:32 VM40-44
22 Nick ROSCOE 21:54 VM45-49
39 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:55 JW11-14
40 Chris LAWRENCE 22:56 VM50-54
49 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:36 JM15-17
50 Michelle ABBOTT 23:40 VW35-39
70 Nina KEWIN 24:59 VW35-39
72 Lisa JOHNSON 25:02 VW40-44
82 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:28 JW11-14
84 John WILCOCK 25:33 VM50-54
85 Annabel WILCOCK 25:37 JW15-17
87 Donna SCOTT 25:38 VW50-54
105 Heidi KEWIN 26:27 JW11-14
163 Ron CHAPPELL 29:20 VM65-69
167 Robert HIRST 29:30 VM65-69
181 Helen HARRISON 29:51 VW45-49
198 Alan DORRINGTON 30:34 VM45-49
220 Erin HESKETH 33:04 JW10 First Timer!
252 Julie DAWES 37:18 VW45-49

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 62 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Robbie SMEDLEY 7:50 JM11-14
3 Adam STEVENSON 8:06 JM11-14
4 Aaron LUNDIE 8:19 JM11-14
6 Nathan KEWIN 8:50 JM11-14
10 Heidi KEWIN 9:32 JW11-14
12 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:52 JW11-14
14 Imogen FERGUSON 10:35 JW11-14
15 Charlie PLANT 10:43 JW10
16 Darcey HIRST 10:58 JW10
31 Jessica MCBRIDE 12:04 JW10
58 Olly PLANT 14:59 JM10

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 175 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
45 Philip NAYLOR 24:54 VM35-39 New PB!

Nepean River parkrun – A total of 180 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
125 Robin PRICE 34:13 VM70-74 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 88 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 David WALKER 18:52 VM35-39 New PB!
19 Barry MITCHELL 25:25 VM70-74
23 Martin BRADY 26:26 VM55-59

Skipton parkrun – A total of 185 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
107 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:00 VW50-54

 

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

 

Run to the Hills

It’s been a chilly and hilly kind of week with some harsh weather adding plenty of challenge for our hardy fell runners. There’s also been some coastal cross country, rugged recces, fast 5Ks and a touch of romance as well. There is definitely a fire burning in the hearts of our runners that no amount of arctic blast can extinguish.

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY

CARNETHY 5 HILL RACE

There were some extremely testing conditions for this Scottish fell race with strong winds, sleet and snow to contend with. 472 runners finished the race with two Clayton Vet runners amongst them. Jack Holt was our first finisher in 190th place overall and 3rd M60,  and Wendy Dodds was 281st overall and 1st F60.

Runners at the Carnethy 5 Hill Race. Photo by Katrina Johnstone

Runners at the Carnethy 5 Hill Race. Photo by Katrina Johnstone

Pos Name   Time
190 Jack Holt M60 01:16:04
281 Wendy Dodds F60 01:22:11

Full Results

MID LANCS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE – ROSSALL SCHOOL, FLEETWOOD

It was a cold and blustery day on the coast as the Mid Lancs Cross Country League moved to the fixture at Rossall School near Fleetwood with the impressive school buildings as a backdrop to a much drier course than many so far this season.

Our Juniors put in a strong showing with some great results for the U11 Boys who continue to dominate their category this season. Helana White had a great run in the U11 girls, Jackson McKay was 4th in the U13 boys and our U15 girls’ team finished in 3rd position.  We are still very much in contention for a win in both the U11 Boys and U15 girls category. Sadly we didn’t have enough numbers for teams in all the age groups but well done to all of our junior runners for some strong performances.

U11 GIRLS

Team Position 11th

Pos Name Time
6 Helana White 7:22
65 Emily Nicholl 9:37
69 Ellisia Smedley 10:39

U11 BOYS

Team position 1st

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:33
3 Robbie Smedley 6:46
11 Jenson Bentham 7:10
27 Matthew Jackson 7:39
47 Joshua McKay 8:20

U13 GIRLS

Ella Dorrington missing from the results

Pos Name Time
54 Bronia Olszewska 13:26

U13 BOYS

Team Position 5th

Pos Name Time
4 Jackson McKay 10:40
19 Lennon Jackson 12:06
30 William Nicholls 13:00

U15 GIRLS

Team position 3rd

Pos Name Time
10 Millie Stubbs 12:24
16 Liberty Thompson 13:14
17 Natasha Olszewska 13:15

U15 BOYS

Pos Name Time
22 Jay Bowman 17:28

U17 MEN

Pos Name Time
10 Simon Wilshaw 24:55
13 Reece Lawrence 25:47

LADIES U20

Pos Name Time
4 Bethany Quinn 30:45

LADIES RACE

Eighteen ladies made the trip over to Fleetwood to run in the penultimate fixture of the Mid Lancs League. On a cold and blustery days our ladies got down to some great running despite the chill and the wind.  Donna Airey was our first lady and 29th overall followed in by double act Michelle Abbott and Cassie Smedley.  Beth Quinn was our sole U20 lady.

Cassie Smedley chasing Michelle Abbot at the Mid Lancs XC. Photo by David Wood

Cassie Smedley chasing Michelle Abbot at the Mid Lancs XC. Photo by David Wood

Team Positions

A Team – 8th (D Airey | M Abbot | C Darling-Smedley)

B Team – 14th (I Roche | J Bennett | B Quinn)

Over 35 – 4th ( D Airey | M Abbott | C Darling-SMedley)

Over 45 – 4th (I Roche | J Bennett | J Rushton)

Over 55 – 2nd ( I Roche| J Taylor | C Egerton)

Pos Name   Time
29 Donna Airey L35 28:18
30 Michelle Abbott L35 28:36
31 Cassandra Darling-Smedley L35 28:36
41 Irene Roche L55 29:15
55 Joanne Bennett L45 30:06
60 Bethany Quinn L20 30:45
62 Julia Rushton L45 31:16+
76 Bianca Bennett L 32:33
81 Janine Pollard L45 32:53
92 Jane Hylands L45 33:59
96 Adrienne Olszewska L45 34:43
108 Deborah Greenwood L45 36:18
111 Julia Taylor L55 36:30
118 Karen Clarkin L45 37:10
126 Judith Carey L35 38:45
127 Christine Egerton L65 39:34
136 Christine Leathley L65 43:27
138 Susan Allen L55 44:40

VET 70 MEN

Richard Lawson was our only V70 in the race and he finished in 3rd place.

Pos Name Time
3 Richard Lawson 35:49
V70 runner, Richard Lawson. Photo by David Wood

V70 runner, Richard Lawson. Photo by David Wood

MENS RACE

Nineteen Clayton men raced at this fixture. Danny Collinge was our first man in 13th place overall. Jacob Watson was next in 28th place well out of his comfort zone but possibly beginning to enjoy cross country running. Dave Motley, Matt Duckworth, Alan Life and Andrew Orr made up our A Team who finished in 7th place overall. Our V50 mens team finished in 2nd place.

Jacob Watson swapping the road for XC. Photo by David Wood

Jacob Watson swapping the road for XC. Photo by David Wood

Team Positions

A Team – 7th (D Collinge | J Watson | D Motley | M Duckworth |A Life | A Orr)

B Team – 18th (J Roche | G Berry | J Wilcock | A Quinn | M Hughes | C Nicholls)

Over 40 – 7th (A Life | A Orr | J Roche | G Berry)

Over 50 – 2nd (A Life | J Roche | J Wilcock)

Pos Name   Time
13 Danny Collinge M 36:31
28 Jacob Watson M 38:28
44 Dave Motley M 40:06
82 Matthew Duckworth M 42:46
93 Alan Life V50 43:54
96 Andrew Orr V40 44:06
99 John Roche V50 44:12
112 Gareth Berry V40 45:12
114 John Wilcock V50 45:17
129 Andy Quinn V40 46:35
141 Mick Hughes V40 47:54
152 Craig Nicholls V40 48:39
161 Dave Moynihan V40 48:59
172 Christopher Lawrence V50 51:26
180 Andrew Howarth V50 52:29
181 James Hickie V50 52:33
182 Peter Browning V50 52:43
183 Carl Carey V40 52:48
198 Stephen Fish V60 59:20

Full Results

SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY

FASTRAX 5K RACES – RACE 2

On a cold and blustery morning, the second race of this fast 5K race saw a quartet of Clayton Harriers racing in a field of 68 runners.

Nick Hennessey at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Nick Hennessey at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Nick Hennessey was our first finisher in 21st place overall and Michelle Abbot was our first lady in 47th place.

Julia Rushton at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Julia Rushton at the Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Julia Rushton was 1st F50 and Jack McGuire was 1st M60.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
21 Nicholas Hennessey MJ (010/011) 00:18:56
47 Michelle Abbott F35 (004/006) 00:23:01
52 Julia Rushton F50 (001/004) 00:24:15
66 Jack McGuire M60 (001/001) 00:29:14

Full Results

JUNIOR 2K

There were twenty-one runners in the 2K race and nine of our juniors, including some of our youngest members, took part.  All of them ran superbly in tough conditions with many of them finishing faster than last time despite the weather.

And they are off! The juniors at the start of the Fastrax 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

And they are off! The juniors at the start of the Fastrax 2K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
3 Matthew Jackson M11 (001/001) 00:08:23
4 Helana White F10 (001/002) 00:08:34
5 William Nicholls M12 (002/002) 00:08:42
9 Charlie Barnes M8 (002/004) 00:09:11
14 Jake Anforth M10 (001/001) 00:09:35
16 Emily Nichols F8 (001/002) 00:11:07
18 Charlie Plant F7 (001/002) 00:11:14
19 Darcey Hirst F8 (002/002) 00:11:22
21 Olly Plant M6 (001/001) 14:28

Full Results

VALENTINES 10K

Who said that romance was dead; it certainly isn’t at Clayton-le-Moors Harriers with a valentine race for Lucy and James.

Report from Lucy Scott

The weather forecast wasn’t great as we set off to run the Valentines 10k which is part of the Lancaster Race Series. Wind aside, we knew we were in for a fast and flat 10k and the route certainly lived up to its reputation, which was a welcome relief after the Blackburn Winter Warmer last week!

Romantic racers Lucy Scott and James Dunderdale.

Romantic racers Lucy Scott and James Dunderdale.

120 runners gathered at the start and set off very quickly over the bridge and heading down a cycle path. We were pretty sheltered from the wind on the way down for the first 5k but encountered some gales on the way back up. The cycle path was great for running on with very little turns, a simple out and back run not too dissimilar to the Windmill 10k.

Overall, a great little run if you are after a new personal best as me and James were! Along with our new PB’s, a medal, a flower and some chocolate were awarded on the finish line!

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
24 James Dunderdale M 0:43:46
53 Lucy Scott F 0:49:49

Full Results

STAN BRADSHAW PENDLE ROUND RECCE

Sunday saw the second of two race recces lead by race organiser, Colin Woolford. Conditions were a bit testing to say the least but we are a hard bunch and a bit of wind and snow wasn’t going to put us off!

Stan Bradshaw recce

Stan Bradshaw recce

Report from race organiser, Colin Woolford

Thank you to the 26 or so runners who came out to play over the last two recces of the Stan Bradshaw Race Route, both in decidedly poor weather conditions – you brave souls! Sunday’s 40-50 mph winds, snow and ice on the top and toward the end of the run, horizontal snow certainly kept us moving!

Heading down just ahead of the snow storm.

Heading down just ahead of the snow storm.

I hope this has given you a refresher of the route or if having never done it, inspired you to come and have a go on March 4th.

It’s been a pleasure meeting club members, and friends of the club, I’d not crossed paths with as well as extra time on the hill with those more familiar.

See you on the hill.

WINDY HILL FELL RACE

Four Clayton men braved the weather to race at the Windy Hill Fell Race. Andrew Laycock was our first finisher in 8th place overall. He was joined in the race by Garry Wilkinson, James Boult and Wayne McIntosh and between them there was a 3rd place finish as a men’s team.

Men’s team – 3rd (A Laycock| G Wilkinson | J Boult)

Report From James Boult

After a sunny and bright 2016 race, I hoped for more of the same if I wanted to beat my time in what was my first Fell Race 12 months ago. What greeted me, and the 200 other competitors at Littleborough Rugby Club instead was the beginnings of snow and an icy chill which made conditions slightly treacherous and harsh underfoot.

James Boult at the Windy Hill Fell Race. Photo by Steve Bateson

James Boult at the Windy Hill Fell Race. Photo by Steve Bateson

With a couple of Fell races already under my belt for 2017 in what has been a slow return to racing, I felt good going into what was my toughest challenge, and furthest distance, of the year so far. Having never raced under such wild conditions I knew it would be an experience, however I underestimated just how much of an experience it would be. With sideways snow and hail pelting us as we set off, and then increasing as we made the steady climb up to the kissing gate, most of the race was spent with heads down and eyes stinging. Strong winds were thrown in as we navigated the treacherous open tops, with already slippy rocks even slippier with ice and small drops in the stones covered by patches of snow which only made themselves known when you fell though them. With no visibility the usually stunning views were masked behind a wall of white, and I had to rely on the fluorescent vest of the runner in front of me to keep on the right path at times.

Conditions improved for the final mile, but the snow and rain from the night before made the ground slippery and the XC style finish became a mudbath. I finished frozen to the bone but achieved what I set out to do; a top 100 finish and a couple of minutes faster than my time from than last year in what is one of my favourite races to kick off the year.

Report from Wayne McIntosh

A quartet of Claytoners headed over to Littleborough in wintery conditions for this year’s Windy Hill fell race. Largely described as a very runnable 9 miles with one memorable climb thrown in. I had done this race twice before and after a poor run last year I was hoping for some improvement. I felt good in the early part of the race, holding position well around mid-pack. Then came the long climb up to the gods, well Blackstone Edge but with visibility down to around 50m and the wind driving a horizontal blizzard it wasn’t the most pleasant part of the race. I got to the top of the climb without dropping any places and knew from here on in the course played to my strengths with some rough running over Blackstone Edge and windy Hill and a cracking descent to the finish.

I think I managed to pick up a few places to finish 133/200 and 1:32 – 4 minutes up on last year, on a day when most of my usual rivals were a good 15 minutes back. Good runs from the rest of the Clayton lot with Andrew Laycock first back in 8th place.

Andrew Laycock at the Windy Hill Fell Race. Photo by Paul Taylor

Andrew Laycock at the Windy Hill Fell Race. Photo by Paul Taylor

Pos Name AG Time
8 Andrew Laycock M 01:06:58
30 Gary Wilkinson M50 01:14:46
101 James Boult M U23 01:24:43
143 Wayne McIntosh M 01:32:02

Full Results

PARKRUN ROUNDUP

Burnley parkrun – A total of 318 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Jonathan PYE 18:02 SM25-29
8 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:42 JM15-17 New PB!
32 Gordon BARRETT 21:56 VM50-54
39 Aaron LUNDIE 22:17 JM11-14 New PB!
42 John WILCOCK 22:29 VM50-54
45 Michelle ABBOTT 22:38 VW35-39
63 Wayne MCINTOSH 23:38 SM30-34
70 Brian WILDMAN 23:59 VM50-54
73 Charlie BARNES 24:10 JM10 New PB!
77 Dawn TERRY 24:27 VW50-54
102 Sophie ASHWORTH 25:16 JW11-14
105 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:34 JW11-14
122 Ian HARGREAVES 26:28 VM50-54
143 Donna SCOTT 27:33 VW50-54
145 Stuart BARKER 27:35 VM50-54
164 Ron CHAPPELL 28:15 VM65-69
210 Charlie PLANT 30:07 JW10
229 Robert HIRST 31:06 VM65-69
290 Olly PLANT 36:43 JM10
291 Daniel PLANT 36:43 VM35-39

Heaton parkrun – A total of 611 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Laura HESKETH 18:26 SW30-34 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 78 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 David WALKER 19:10 VM35-39
25 Barry MITCHELL 26:02 VM70-74
28 Martin BRADY 26:30 VM55-59
43 Yvonne WICKHAM 30:56 VW50-54
45 Helen HARRISON 31:19 VW45-49 First Timer!

Yamba parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Nerina GILL 23:27 VW45-49 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

 

2017 gets off to a champion start

What a great start to 2017! One thing is for sure; Clayton-le-Moors Harriers don’t wait to kick start the new year. With parkrun doubles and classic fell races on New Year’s Day you were out and about as you mean to go on. And then, on the first proper weekend, a superb showing at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships with medals and champions galore.

SUNDAY JANUARY 1

NINE STANDARDS FELL RACE

150 runners shook off the excesses of Christman and New Year to line up for the Nine Standards Fell Race over an 8 mile course with 1801ft of climb.

Wendy Dodds at the Nine Standards Fell Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Wendy Dodds at the Nine Standards Fell Race. Photo by Andy Jackson

Wendy Dodds was our sole representative in this race and she finished in 109th place as 1st V60 lady.

Pos Name Category Time
109 Wendy Dodds FV60 01:21:19

Full Results

WHITWORTH NEW YEAR’S DAY AWAKENER 5K

A quartet of Clayton men took part in the popular Whitworth NYD Awakener 5K. Stephen Green was our first finisher in 37th place followed by David McMullan in 38th. Robert Hirst was 85th and Ron Chappell was 89th. There were 98 runners.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
37 Stephen Green M60 (002/005) 00:24:44
38 David McMullan M45 (008/014) 00:24:48
85 Robert Hirst M65 (004/005) 00:33:11
89 Ron Chappell M65 (005/005) 00:34:25

Full Results

SATURDAY 7 JANUARY

LANCASHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

U11 Boys

55 runners took part in the U11 boys event with Dexta Thompson running strongly to take the win. Robbie Smedley battled hard to earn a bronze medal and third place. Finley Stubbs in 9th place and Matthew Jackson in 16th ensured a first place finish for the team. The U11 squad was completed by Jenson Bentham and Joshua McKay

U11 Champion, Dexta Thompson. Photo by David Wood

U11 Champion, Dexta Thompson. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 1st (D Thompson | R Smedley | F Stubbs | M Jackson)

Pos Name Time
1 Dexta Thompson 6:21
3 Robbie Smedley 6:37
9 Finley Stubbs 6:52
16 Matthew Jackson 7:08
22 Jenson Bentham 7:18
43 Joshua McKay 7:54

U11 Girls

Helana White was our first U11 girl in 8th place in a field of 55 runners. The team finished in 7th place overall.

Helana White running well in the U11 race. Photo by David Wood

Helana White running well in the U11 race. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 7th ( H White | K Thompson | R Stevenson | E Smedley)

Pos Name Time
8 Helana White 7:12
26 Kady Thompson 8:05
49 Rachel Stevenson 9:07
51 Ellisia Smedley 9:27

U13 Boys

Jackson McKay had a great fun and finished 3rd overall earning a bronze medal for himself. Lennon Jackson was 27th. Sadly not enough U13 boys for a team at this event.

Pos Name Time
3 Jackson McKay 11:27
27 Lennon Jackson 13:34

U13 Girls

Ella Dorrington was the first Clayton girl in 12th place.

Bethany Wheatcroft in the U13 race. Photo by David Wood

Bethany Wheatcroft in the U13 race. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 6th (E Dorrington | K Stevenson | B Wheatcroft | B Olszewska)

Pos Name Time
12 Ella Dorrington 13:32
48 Keira Stevenson 16:11
51 Bethany Wheatcroft 16:33
54 Bronia Olszewska 17:42

U15 Boys

Our U15 boys ran well in a small but very competitive field. Nicholas Hennessey was our first finisher in 13th place.

U15 Boys in action. L-R Stanley Grewal, Aaron Lundi and Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Wood

U15 Boys in action. L-R Stanley Grewal, Aaron Lundi and Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 4th (N Hennessey | S Grewal |A Stevenson | A Lundie)

Pos Name Time
13 Nicholas Hennessey 13:59
22 Stanley Grewal 14:48
29 Adam Stevenson 16:23
33 Aaron Lundie 19:19

U15 Girls

Our U15 girls put in a strong performance in a very competitive group with a 3rd place finish and bronze medal for Briony Holt. Some great running from her team mates secured a bronze medal for the team as well.

A rather packed podium. Bronze medal winning U15 Girls Briony Holt, Mille Stubbs, Natasha Olszewska and Liberty Thompson

A rather packed podium. Bronze medal winning U15 Girls Briony Holt, Mille Stubbs, Natasha Olszewska and Liberty Thompson

Team Position – 3rd ( B Holt | M Stubbs | N Olszewska | L Thompson)

Pos Name Time
3 Briony Holt 15:00
14 Millie Stubbs 16:22
23 Natasha Olszewska 17:49
30 Liberty Thompson 19:28

U17 Men

Curtis Holt was our first finisher in this group which was very fast and competitive.

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Simon Wilshaw and Curtis Holt. Photo by Andrew Holt

U17 Men. L-R Reece Lawrence, Simon Wilshaw and Curtis Holt. Photo by Andrew Holt

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

Pos Name Time
20 Curtis Holt 21:49
21 Simon Wilshaw 22:27
22 Reece Lawrence 23:04

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
13 George Pier 45:52

Ladies Race

What a champion bunch of ladies we have!

Clayton Ladies racing in the mist at the Lancashire XC Championship. Irene Roche leads with Teresa de Curtis not far behind. Photo by Steve Bateson

Clayton Ladies racing in the mist at the Lancashire XC Championship. Irene Roche leads with Teresa de Curtis not far behind. Photo by Steve Bateson

Eleven ladies turned up to race and left with a haul of medals to be proud of. We can boast the Lancashire ladies champion, the champion lady vets team and lots of age category medals as well.

Lancashire Cross Country Champion, Louisa Powell-Smith in action. Photo by David Wood

Lancashire Cross Country Champion, Louisa Powell-Smith in action. Photo by David Wood

A really great race for Louisa Powell-Smith who took the race win and the 1st L35 win as well the gold medal for the ladies vets team (on her birthday too!).

Lancashire Lady Vet Champions! L-R Cassie Smedley, Louisa Powell-Smith and Donna Airey.

Lancashire Lady Vet Champions! L-R Cassie Smedley, Louisa Powell-Smith and Donna Airey.

Julia Rushton was 3rd L50. Irene Roche was 1st L55 and Susan Allen was 2nd L55. Christine Leathley was 2nd L65.

Lady V55 Champions. Irene Roche (gold), Sue Allen (Bronze)

Lady V55 Champions. Irene Roche (gold), Sue Allen (Bronze)

Team Position – 5th (L Powell-Smith | L Hesketh | D Airey)

Vets Team – 1st ( L Powell-Smith | D Airey | C Smedley)

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Louisa Powell-Smith L35 24:25
14 Laura Hesketh L 27:02
37 Donna Airey L35 31:54
40 Cassandra Smedley L35 32:38
44 Irene Roche L55 33:44
45 Teresa de Curtis L45 34:00
48 Angela Shian L35 34:49
49 Julia Rushton L50 35:36
64 Judith Carey L35 44:13
66 Susan Allen L55 46:14
68 Christine Leathley L65 51:20

Mens Race

Danny Collinge was the first Clayton man in 14th place overall. The team finished in 7th place. Success was in the air for our vet men with a silver for the team. Mark Aspinall got a Gold medal for the V55 and James Hickie joined him on the podium with a bronze medal. Stephen Breckell got a silver medal for the V65 category and David Scott was 1st V70.

Danny Collinge at the Lancashire Cross Country Championship Photo by David Wood

Danny Collinge at the Lancashire Cross Country Championship Photo by David Wood

Team Position – 7th ( D Collinge | M Aspinall | R Stevenson | P Coates | M Duckworth | A Orr)

Vets Team – 2nd ( M Aspinall | R Stevenson | P Coates | A Orr)

Pos Name Cat Time
14 Danny Collinge M 34:00
50 Mark Aspinall V55 38:15
58 Richard Stevenson V40 39:10
60 Peter Coates V40 39:20
65 Matthew Duckworth M 39:50
85 Andrew Orr V45 42:32
90 Alan Life V50 43:18
97 John Wilcock V50 44:07
124 James Hickie V55 48:40
130 Christopher Lawrence V50 49:29
131 Stephen Breckell V65 50:03
133 David Scott V70 50:48
137 Carl Carey V45 54:49

Full Results

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY

CENTRAL LANCS HALF MARATHON

Dan Plant and Colin White took part in the Central Lancs New Year Half Marathon. Dan was our first finisher in 74th place overall and a time of 01:31:45. Colin White kick started his 2017 race diary with a brand spanking new PB of 1:38:56.6.

Pos Name Cat Time
74 Daniel Plant M 1:31:45.0
121 Colin White MV40 1:38:56.6

Full Results

FASTRAX JUNIOR 2K

We had a great turnout of juniors despite the Lancashire Cross Country Championships the day before. It was also a great opportunity for some of our youngest members to race.

Start of the Junior 2K Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Start of the Junior 2K Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lennon Jackson was 2nd overall and first boy in this 2K junior race. Helana White was our first girl and second girl overall.

Matthew Jackson with Helana White chasing at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Matthew Jackson with Helana White chasing at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

A very successful event for our juniors who took first place in every age group we entered!

Emily Nichols with flying feet at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Emily Nichols with flying feet at the Junior Fastrax race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Lennon Jackson M13 (001/001) 00:08:00
3 Matthew Jackson M10 (001/001) 00:08:29
4 Helana White F10 (001/001) 00:08:35
8 Bethany Wheatcroft F13 (001/001) 00:09:38
10 Charlie Plant F7 (001/003) 00:11:12
11 Emily Nichols F8 (001/001) 00:11:21
14 Olly Plant M6 (001/001) 00:13:35

Full Results

FASTRAX 5K RACE

A baker’s dozen of Clayton Harriers took part in this super-fast 5K race. The top spot went to young runner, Max Wharton of Liverpool Harriers with Danny Collinge chasing him for second place and 1st senior male. Michelle Abbot was our first lady finisher and also 1st L35. Julia Rushton was 1st L50

Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Fastrax 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
2 Danny Collinge M (001/010) 00:16:03
10 Jonathan Pye M (003/010) 00:17:54
13 Jordan Mcdonald MJ (005/008) 00:18:09
16 Paul Hesketh M50 (002/008) 00:18:28
19 Nicholas Hennessey MJ (006/008) 00:18:42
23 George Pier MJ (007/008) 00:19:22
26 Reece Lawrence MJ (008/008) 00:19:45
32 Sean Clare M50 (005/008) 00:21:28
35 Richard Briscoe M (010/010) 00:22:12
36 Chris Lawrence M50 (007/008) 00:22:13
38 Michelle Abbott F35 (001/001) 00:22:38
40 Julia Rushton F50 (001/001) 00:23:40
42 Martin Griffin M55 (002/002) 00:24:08

Full Results

GARSTANG 10K

Report from John Hartley

On a misty, but very mild, Sunday morning I set off over to Garstang to do their annual 10K road race. This being quite a tough and undulating course, I was chuffed at the finish when I saw the results and I had won the V60 category. Two other Clayton runners took part; Stephen Biscomb and Martin Brady. There were 480 finishers

Pos    Name Cat    Cat/Pos    Time
40 John Hartley M60 (001/012) 00:39:53
87 Stephen Biscomb M60 (003/012) 00:42:45
159 Martin Brady M50 (019/043) 00:47:34

Full Results

SCOUT SCAR FELL RACE

The Scout Scar fell race marks the start of the Kendal Winter League race series organised by Helm Hill. It is a classic 5 mile blend of fast hilly cross-country on rough limestone tracks with stupendous views (weather permitting of course).

Report from Stephen Fish

SCOUT SCAR – 4.5 miles/800’ – 08/01/17

Three Clayton runners, Wendy Dodds, Katy Thompson and myself, made the trip up to Cumbria to compete in the ever popular Kendal Winter League, Scout Scar race. This is held in a beautiful area of carboniferous limestone, just outside Kendal and was the first event in the excellent series of races hosted by Helm Hill Runners. The weather was mild (for a change) and quite misty, although navigation wasn’t a problem with approximately 150+ runners competing and a well-marked course.

Stephen Fish at the Scout Scar Fell Race. Photo by Andy Holden

Stephen Fish at the Scout Scar Fell Race. He says this is his pain face – looks like he’s having a great time to me! Photo by Andy Holden

Once the multitude of juniors had finished their races, we finally got under way. Wendy quickly disappeared into the distance, as I got into my rhythm to try and keep Katy in sight. Around the half distance mark, on a long gradual descent, Katy came past me again and gained quite a bit of distance, at which point I gave up any chance of staying with her. With around 1 mile to the finish there is a gradual climb and I was surprised to catch and pass Katy and had to work really hard to keep it that way into the finish funnel. I never saw sight of Wendy anywhere around the route, she had a flyer!

I can thoroughly recommend this popular series of races, especially the Barbondale race on February 12th.

Clayton Results:

Wendy Dodds – FV60 – Well in front of me!

Stephen Fish – MV60 – 45.29

Katy Thompson – FV60 – Approximately 20 seconds behind myself.

New Year’s Day parkrun

Congratulations to Alan Life, Martin Brady, Chris Lawrence and Christine Egerton on completing the New Year double parkrun at Skipton and Pendle!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 128 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Matthew DUCKWORTH 18:45 SM25-29
4 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:56 JM15-17 New PB!
11 James BOULT 20:37 SM20-24
13 Gareth BERRY 20:39 VM40-44
15 Stephen AINSWORTH 21:07 VM60-64
19 Robbie SMEDLEY 22:17 JM11-14
25 Lennon JACKSON 22:55 JM11-14
26 Helana WHITE 22:58 JW10
27 Aaron LUNDIE 22:59 JM11-14
31 Colin WHITE 23:18 VM40-44
33 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:30 VW35-39
36 Michelle ABBOTT 23:51 VW35-39
37 Nina KEWIN 23:58 VW35-39
38 Alan CLARKSON 24:03 VM55-59
42 Ian HARGREAVES 24:20 VM50-54
48 Matthew JACKSON 24:59 JM10
58 Bethany WHEATCROFT 25:58 JW11-14
74 Paul WALE 28:08 VM45-49
83 Stuart BARKER 29:17 VM50-54
87 Helen HARRISON 29:55 VW45-49
98 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 31:31 VW45-49
107 Ellisia SMEDLEY 33:31 JW10 New PB!
108 Anita JONES 33:32 VW60-64

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 172 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
167 Robin PRICE 37:18 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 138 runners took part

os   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
12 John HARTLEY 21:51 VM60-64
19 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:41 JM15-17
22 Alan LIFE 23:09 VM50-54 New PB!
46 Chris LAWRENCE 25:06 VM50-54 New PB!
50 Martin BRADY 25:21 VM50-54
61 David Ian SCOTT 26:16 VM70-74
67 Dawn TERRY 27:01 VW50-54
120 Christine LEATHLEY 36:56 VW65-69
132 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 41:22 VW65-69

Skipton parkrun – A total of 175 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
48 Alan LIFE 23:28 VM50-54
53 Martin BRADY 23:45 VM50-54 New PB!
55 Chris LAWRENCE 23:49 VM50-54 New PB!
93 Carol LIFE 26:29 VW50-54 New PB!
146 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:30 VW65-69 First Timer!

Parkrun roundup Saturday 7 January

Burnley parkrun – A total of 308 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Chris SNELL 18:47 VM35-39
7 Dave MOTLEY 19:45 VM35-39
15 Nick ROSCOE 20:53 VM45-49
43 Michelle ABBOTT 23:13 VW35-39
44 Martin BRADY 23:14 VM50-54
53 Robert MORRISON 23:30 VM40-44
58 Daniel PLANT 23:53 SM30-34
64 Colin WHITE 24:08 VM40-44
65 Ian HARGREAVES 24:08 VM50-54
67 Nina KEWIN 24:15 VW35-39
80 Andy QUINN 24:46 VM45-49
86 Julie DAWES 24:57 VW45-49
98 Donna SCOTT 25:40 VW50-54
101 Andrew TAYLOR 25:51 VM55-59
103 Lisa ELLIS 26:02 SW30-34 New PB!
104 Annabel WILCOCK 26:13 JW15-17
146 Carl CAREY 28:02 VM45-49
151 Stuart BARKER 28:15 VM50-54
181 Robert HIRST 29:44 VM65-69
185 Helen HARRISON 29:52 VW45-49

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 145 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
134 Robin PRICE 37:13 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 181 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
42 Wendy DODDS 24:52 VW65-69
57 Nerina GILL 26:16 VW45-49 First Timer!
101 Eileen JONES 30:08 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 72 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 John HARTLEY 21:35 VM60-64
27 Barry MITCHELL 26:29 VM70-74

Penrith parkrun – A total of 196 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
5 Jonathan PYE 19:25 SM25-29

Puarenga parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
11 Roger James BREWSTER 21:45 VM60-64 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 230 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
112 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:55 VW50-54

UPCOMING CLUB EVENT

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Recce Sunday 15th January

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 (it will be a gentle trot out!) and I believe we will be on the hill for two hours.  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!

Meeting time.  My original plan was to run in the morning, however, I have been asked by several members if we can run this in the afternoon as there are other races/events happening that Sunday morning.  I am happy to do this so will start at a time the majority of you want to run at. Either 10.00 am or 1.30 pm.

Either email me at stanbradshawrace@yahoo.com and state the time (10 or 1.30), call me or better still, comment on the Facebook post I will put on to Team Clayton later this week. The time will be confirmed on Friday.

I will be accepting race entry forms and cash/cheque on this recce and the one on February 12th.  The entry form with route grid references (for the route) can be found here http://www.claytonlemoors.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stan-Bradshaw-Entry-Form-2017.pdf

Clayton members only please for the recces

 

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