Midsummer madness is upon us with so many races to choose from it’s increasingly tricky keeping up with all of our intrepid racers. This week has seen a huge turnout at the Sabden race, there’s been some high Lakeland fell running, as well as Peak District and Yorkshire races together with trails and 5ks. Plus the odd bit of triathlon action.
TUESDAY 20 JUNE
BRIDESTONE FELL RACE
This fell race goes past the famous Bridestone and takes in some of the lesser used paths in the upper Calder Valley. A short fast race with steep climbs, fast tracks and demon descents, something for everyone. Two Clayton Harriers took part. Richard Briscoe was our first finisher in 18th place and Colin Woolford was 39th.
Report from Colin Woolford
Bridestones is a classic Calder Valley fell race, in that for a short but steep valley, they seem to find an impressive amount of ‘up’ before a very short ‘flat’ mid-section before finding a lot of ‘down’. A small field enjoyed good conditions given the baking temperature of previous days. It’s a good race, well-marked and marshalled and on the trails less travelled for about 4 miles. It’s a good race for those looking to try a fell race. Although slower than the last time I did this, I was pleased with my run, as I seemed to be passing more people than passed me after the first mile. Probably not the best prep for the following evening’s Sabden 6 though!
WEDNESDAY JUNE 21
BOLTON ABBEY SOLSTICE SAUNTER
It was a family affair at the Bolton Abbey Solstice Saunter for Team Brewster. In a welcome return to racing Tom finished in 2nd place with Roger Brewster in 28th and 1st M60.
Report from Tom Brewster
I did the bolton Abbey summer solstice saunter on Wednesday organised by the airedale dodgers and in support of Sue Ryder care (Dad, Mum and my sister also ran). It was a 5mile route starting at the pavilion, running along the river to Barden Bridge then back along the other side to finish on the field opposite the pavilion. I had a good battle in the top three from the start and managed to finish in 2nd on a very hot, very humid night!! Very happy with the result especially after a very tough 9 months away from racing with Achilles issues!
SABDEN TRAIL RACE
Well over 60 Clayton Harriers took part in the latest race of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix Series, the Sabden Trail Race which is a 6 mile trail race around the Sabden area.
Report from Alan Dorrington
There’s a point when temperature and humidity combine to make things truly unpleasant. Hot temperatures can be pretty nice when the occasionally arrive in the UK, and most of the time our humid climate is not so hot as to cause too much bother. Sabden last Wednesday appeared to find itself in the middle of one of those unholy alliances where both measures were pretty high and it made for fairly brutal conditions for running.
None of which deterred 200 or so Grand Prix runners from belting off up the long drag through the Sabden Brook valley to Ratten Clough, some appearing to pace themselves wisely, others going all out. My rationale was that it was only 6 miles, only 750ft of climbing, what was the point in hanging about?
Those that had run before, or studied the race profile with more than a cursory glance knew what was coming. Some very fast running, but never flat, just up or down and then… that climb. The one I hadn’t bargained on. I knew something was amiss as we dropped down to Sabden from below Pendleton Moor and my watch said 4 point something miles. Whilst running on minimal oxygen levels, my brain was still just able to work out that there was more to come to make it 6 miles. And that the finish was definitely not coming any time soon as we were almost in the village. Cue that horrible feeling when your legs go from flat out downhilling to grinding uphill again, with no flat to help adjust. Cue some cursing under my breath at the helpful ‘tough mile now lads, dig in!’ comment. Mile??!
In the end it wasn’t too bad despite feeling like my head was going to explode in the humidity and I even enjoyed the death march up the reservoir bank, though David from SportSunday was optimistic if he thought he was going to get a star jump from me at that point. There followed a hectic blast back to the finish for that ‘lost’ distance to make up 5.9 miles, and the discovery on finishing that my vest weighed about 4lbs with the sweat it had soaked up and not evaporated. I was happy enough with 38th and a reasonable limiting of my time losses against the quick Vets around the 45- 55 age band that I’m in the middle of. What a great way to spend a Wednesday evening.
|162||Mark R Knowles||M40||(026/026)||01:04:21|
SABDEN TRAIL JUNIOR RACES
Olly Plant was our only boy in the U9 boys race and he finished in 4th place.
Ruby Cleaver and Charlie Plant took part in the U9 Girls race.
Guy Whalley was our first finisher in the U11 boys race finishing in 5th place.
Emily Nicholls was our first finisher in the U11 Girls race.
Battling hard, Robbie Smedley had to settle for 3rd in the U13 boys race.
A win from Helana White in the U13 girls race with Rachel Stevenson in 6th.
Michael Stevens finished 2nd in the U15 Boys race.
3rd place for Ella in the U15 girls race.
|4||Sophie A Ashworth||9:56|
THURSDAY 22 JUNE
Six Clayton runners took part in the Aggies Staircase fell race organised by Darwen Dashers.
Starting at the top of Punstock Road in Darwen, the route climbs a footpath, turns right onto the track past Robin Hood’s cottage, then left to follow an enclosed footpath to the main track, and left up to Darwen Tower. It then descends through a small quarry onto the main track towards the top of Bold Venture Park, before turning right to climb steeply up a rough path known as Jacobs Ladder, then across the moor top, and on down to the foot of Aggies Staircase.
Matt Perry was our first finisher in 4th place. Joanne Perry was our sole lady runner and she finished in 119th place.
PENDLE SCHOOLS DUALTHLON
Well done to Briony Holt who took part in the Pendle Schools duathlon which involved a run and cycling. She came 1st in the teams and individual races.
TODMORDEN 5K SUMMER SERIES
There were five Clayton runners at the first of the Todmorden 5K race series organised by Cannonball Events. Jacob Watson was our first finishe in 8th place with a time of 17:42.
Michelle Abbot Reports
Matthew and Lennon bagged PBs at Todmorden park 5k Matthew coming flying in at 19.33 winning first under 12 , Lennon getting his first official sub 20 mins just 11 secs behind his brother (for the first time) coming in at 19.44 winning first under 14. I managed first v35
|27||Lennon Jackson||MJ U14||19:44|
SATURDAY 24 JUNE
DARREN HOLLOWAY MEMORIAL RACE
Andrew Laycock and Wendy Dodds took part in this classic fell race formerly known as the Buttermere Horseshoe. Wendy who was taking part 30 odd years after doing the original Buttermere Horseshoe race!
Report from Andrew Laycock
Headed up to the Lakes to do the Darren Holloway Memorial Buttermere Horseshoe. From the start in Loweswater the race covers around 23 miles with 8500ft of climbing and quite a bit scope for route choice. The weather wasn’t perfect, there wasn’t much visibility on the tops but at least the rain stayed away and it was pretty cool.
The first half of the race went smoothly, I settled into what felt like a manageable pace and got off Dale Head to Honister Pass feeling ok. From there I got into a group with a couple of local runners and we worked our way around Haystacks and up onto High Crag. A sudden bout of cramp just before the summit of High Stile left me on my own in the thick fog and once on the top I couldn’t find the checkpoint. After wandering around confused and frustrated for five minutes I realised I was on the wrong summit and the checkpoint was further west, this cost me six or seven places.
The following rough boggy descent left my legs cooked for the final climb up onto Melbreak so I was thankful for a fast runnable descent into the finish. Over five hours on the fells sure felt like a long day out, but definitely a learning experience.
It was all about the girls at this BOFRA race with some great running from Briony Holt and Ella Dorrington.
Report from Tina Hines Holt
SUNDAY 25 JUNE
A DAY IN THE LAKES TRIATHLON
Report from Jon Cleaver
Peter Coates and I took on this half iron-man(ish) distance triathlon in Ullswater. Leg 1 was a swim in Ullswater consisting of 2 x 1km laps, there was quite a strong current and I swam 0.2km over distance. Next was the bike 48 miles through beautiful villages and countryside and on a long A road on the way back for 2 loops which was around 2500ft climbing. After that came what I was looking forward to a 12.8 mile Fell run to cap the day off with 1900ft of climbing.
The run was stunning taking in trails and fell with some pretty steep climbs and thrown in at the end was a 5km road run which was not at all comfy in Fell shoes. Peter did fantastic coming in 13th overall and I came in 37th. A real bargain of an event for long tri enthusiasts and highly recommended. Great practice for the big one in 3 weeks!!
Report from Ivan Whigham
I arrived at Hayfield with rain forecast and as we set off we had rain for the first hour and low cloud causing poor visibility on Kinder.
Race went well until a group of local runners had their maps out lost in the mist! We had to return to the main route.
Visibility improved and found the last part of the race was more enjoyable, finishing in 2.40 will be back as it suits my running.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 359 runners took part.
|10||Michael STEVENS||19:37||JM11-14||New PB!|
|25||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||21:11||JM15-17|
|41||Chris LAWRENCE||22:10||VM50-54||New PB!|
|43||Charlie BARNES||22:24||JM10||New PB!|
|50||Wayne MCINTOSH||22:38||VM35-39||New PB!|
|62||Guy WHALLEY||23:29||JM10||New PB!|
|133||Lucy SCOTT||26:12||SW30-34||New PB!|
|320||Joni HIGGINS||36:46||JW10||First Timer!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 167 runners took part.
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 241 runners took part.
Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 100 runners took part.
|30||Martin BRADY||25:25||VM55-59||First Timer!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 102 runners took part.
|6||Alex CRAN||21:05||VM45-49||First Timer!|
|45||Eleanor Betty ROOT||26:55||JW15-17|
Witton parkrun – A total of 87 runners took part.
|2||Jacob WATSON||18:33||SM30-34||First Timer!|
|7||Chris SNELL||19:31||VM35-39||New PB!|
|14||Robbie SMEDLEY||21:40||JM11-14||First Timer!|
|19||Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY||23:02||VW35-39||First Timer!|
|70||Ellisia SMEDLEY||36:57||JW10||First Timer!|
Worcester parkrun – A total of 448 runners took part.
|124||Lisa JOHNSON||25:51||VW45-49||First Timer!|
|342||Emily JOHNSON||33:54||JW10||First Timer!|