The juniors have been very busy of late taking part and doing extremely well in races around the country. Their continued improvement and regular attendance at local races is beginning to be noticed by other clubs and runners. It’s great to hear members of other clubs saying “Clayton have got some very good juniors now” It makes all the hard work we ALL put in (juniors and coaches/volunteers) worth while.
Mid Lancs XC, Liverpool, Saturday 23rd November.
12 juniors travelled to compete in race 2 of the Mid Lancs XC League held at Sefton Park, Liverpool. This race was organised by British Athletics and included some of the very best runners from around the UK. Again the juniors gave their all in conditions which were much better than in previous years. The following results only include the Mid Lancs clubs who took part.
U11 Girls: Roanna Holdsworth 36th.
U13 Girls: Briony Holt 17th and Eleanor Root 31st.
U13 Boys: Thomas Bradley 19th and Daniel Bradley 43rd.
U15 Girls: Alice Pier 21st.
U15 Boys: Kenan Eti 25th, Curtis Holt 31st and Simon Wilshaw 42nd.
U17 Girls: Beth Quinn 20th.
U17 Boys: Jordan McDonald 21st and George Pier 28th.
The Best 5k, Preston, Sunday 24th November.
George and Alice Pier took part in the 5k race hoping to set new pb’s on a new course for them. George managed a new pb of 19:27 finishing 18th male. Alice missed out by only 4 seconds posting a time of 22.10 to finish 5th female in the adults race.
Todmorden Park 5k Winter Series, Wednesday 27th November.
5 juniors took part in race 1 of the Todmorden Park 5k Winter Series organised by Cannonball Events. Night running with a headtorch was a whole new experience for them which they all enjoyed. Kenan Eti was 1st MU18 in a pb time of 18.25. After narrowly missing out on a pb in her last race Alice Pier achieved a new pb finishing 1st FU18 in a time of 21.39. George Pier was 2nd MU18, 19.32, Thomas Bradley 3rd MU18, 19.33 with younger brother Daniel 4th MU18, 24.29
Inter Schools XC, Wednesday 27th November.
Briony and Curtis Holt both representing their school Park High, Colne took part in the Inter Schools XC. Briony once again in excellent form finished 1st Girl in her race. Curtis continuing to impress was 5th Boy in his race.
ESSA Cross Country Cup Grand Final, Southend, Saturday 30th November.
Eleanor Root was again representing Skipton Girls High School in this year’s Grand Final held at Southend High School for Girls. Eleanor running in the junior girls race finished 52nd in a field of 136 to help her team to a fantastic 6th place finish.
Well done to ALL of the above for your excellent results.
These are all the details you’ll need for the Mid Lancs XC race at Sefton Park, Liverpool next Saturday 23rd November. 13 juniors are going and I’m sure you’ll gain valuable experience competing against some of the best runners in the Country. Please note that the start times are earlier than usual with the first race getting underway at 11.00am.
There’s no need to bring any race numbers with you. You’ll be issued with a new race number and a chip timing tag to be worn around your ankle just for this race.
Click on the link below, then click on the box for Liverpool.
DIRECTIONS – TIMETABLE – COURSE MAPS
Meeting point is the area marked with a purple square on the course map.
Juniors please make sure you bring along to EVERY race the following items:
Club Vest, club jacket, tracksuit bottoms, hat/buff, gloves, trail / fell shoes or cross country running spikes.
Also remember to bring a drink (not fizzy), a banana or cereal bar with you. It’s important that you are fully prepared before you race.
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your race starts.
See you on Saturday.
UPDATED; RESULTS AFTER TOWNELEY
This is a new series for this season, based around six of the more
local Red Rose and Mid Lancs cross country fixtures. The format will be
similar to the summer series and all the details are HERE
Prizes will be awarded to all completing at least four races, and
also to age category winners, calculated from their best four events.
Cross country uses the ‘school year’ age category system; Age on
31st August with races for u9, u11, u13, u15 and u17. Minimum age 8 on
The first race is Saturday 28th September and is the Red Rose
fixture at Leigh Sports Village, near Wigan.
ALL RACES ARE FREE TO ENTER!
EDIT; Huge apologies to anyone who followed the typo in my postcode advice and found themselves deep in the centre of Preston, especially a couple of juniors who missed their race as a result. Please accept my apologies and I’ll be more careful for the next XC fixture.
Provisional results are HERE and I’ll update the Junior XC series table as soon as possible
The next race in both the Red Rose league and our Junior XC series is this coming Sat 19th October.
The venue is Astley Park in Chorley, many of you will be familiar with it from the race series earlier in the year. Use postcode PR1 1XA to get to The Baron’s Rest pub which is next to the carpark.
Racing starts at 12.30 but please make sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before, to give plenty of time for parking, changing, pinning numbers on, etc. Allow time to warm up properly, ideally by jogging round some of the course so that you can see what the conditions are like. If you’re not sure what shoes to wear, just bring what you’ve got and decide on the day.
- Club vest, running top, waterproof / windproof jacket, tracksuit bottoms, hat/buff, gloves.
- Drink (not fizzy), a banana or cereal bar with you. It’s really important that you are fully prepared before you race which means warming up properly and having a small snack at least 30 minutes before you start.
I’ll try and get hold of the tent so that we’ll have somewhere undercover to dump bags.
See you there!
n.b; I’ll update and publish the results for the Junior XC series after this Saturday.