Welcome to June’s Roundup
This month you’ve got a wealth of interesting Race Reports and articles to read. The Roundup is nothing without these, so special thanks go to this month’s contributors – Rachael White, Michelle Abbott, Katy Thompson, Craig Eccles, Donna Airey, Cassie Darling-Smedley, Irene Roche and Jason Pier.
As usual, please let me know of any mistakes or omissions and I’ll sort it out as soon as possible – just email firstname.lastname@example.org
July and August’s Roundups will be amalgamated due to holidays. Please forward your race reports as usual though. Thanks!
Modern Pentathlon Laser Run
by Rachael White
When is running not just running?, When you run into a target area, shoot at targets with a laser pistol until you have 5 hits and then run 400-80 m, round a course and back into the shooting range to repeat the whole process several times in an exciting first past the post Modern Pentathlon Laser Run competition .
This is what 2 Clayton Juniors Alfie and Helana did in the British Laser Run Championship Qualifiers on 23rd June. They both train in Modern Pentathlon, (Alfie also Fences weekly) – and entered the completion against the top British Athletes. Both were successful in their competitions, and have now been selected by Pentathlon GB to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Weiden, Germany in August and the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in early September.
Their passion for shooting and competing is infectious, so straight after the Trawden Burnley & Pendle Grandprix race, Helana & Alfie were joined by Ellisia and Robbie travelling west to Fleetwood for the School Games Qualifiers at Rossall School. – All four children were amazing (especially considering the run course had been marked out wrong and they ran an extra 400 metres). They have now been ranked against all other heats in the country and wait to see if they have made the national schools finals.
It is great to see the Clayton Juniors using their run speed and stamina and fitness in other sports, not just the traditional running.
Witton Park Relays Race Report
by Michelle Abbott
Well I had the pleasure of managing 9 fabulous ladies teams for the Witton Park Relays, my first one as official road captain and I had an amazing response. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of ladies. Everyone gave it their all and we had some brilliant results across the board.
I just want to to say thank you to all that took part with an extra thank you to Donna Airey who went out twice – you’re a star! Hopefully I will see plenty of you ladies for the next relays at Sport City in September, you can’t beat a good team event.
Aggies Staircase Fell Race Report
Report by Katy Thompson
After several years of doing results and a couple of years of being on holiday, this was my first chance to do my local race for 10 years. A fine evening saw 88 runners set off from Punstock Road for the first climb up to Darwen Tower, then back down to the top of Bold Venture Park and up the overgrown gully that is Jacobs Ladder. Over the moor and down to the bottom of Aggies Staircase, the shortest but steepest of the three climbs, now very eroded. Then it was back past the Tower and down to the finish at Punstock, midgy as usual.
I was pleased to be only a couple of minutes slower than 10 years ago. Being local, l stayed for the prizegiving, where we were given first Ladies team. I was a bit surprised as Chorley had got several ladies prizes and it turned out they were actually first team with 1st, 3rd and 4th to our 5th (Michelle Abbott), 6th (Lisa Ellis) and 8th (Me). But we got to keep the prosecco anyway!
Hendon Brook Race Report
by Craig Eccles
Having raced this three times previously over the years I knew exactly what to expect, the only difference this time round is that two years ago I had major knee surgery and was told by my surgeon that I’d never run again. Fortunately, with the right mind set and help of my superb physio and fellow fell runner, Lee Shimwell, I’ve managed to get back to running, not as fast as before but back all the same.
Being primarily a fell runner, Hendon Brook is my favourite road race, challenging but manageable.
As with all race days, I turned up to register nice and early only just missing out on race number “1” so instead I asked for my lucky number “13”. I passed the next hour chatting to other runners, some of which I haven’t seen for a very long time. It’s now 10.30am and nerves are setting in, just the usual, what if I don’t get round, how would I get back, etc, etc.
Due to the heat and the distance of the race, I decided that I’d not warm up and instead use the first mile or two as my warm up with a view of trying to preserve my knees.
11am – the usual pre race briefing from John and we’re off, nice and steady pace, nothing silly.
Feeling really good up to The Shooters water station my good friend and ex club member, Mick Hughes, caught me up. He could have just said “Hi” and shot off but he suggested that we run together for a while – this actually lasted for the next 10 miles. The heat wasn’t too bad, the occasional areas of shade and gusts of wind were very welcome. Thoroughly enjoyed running through Catlow Ford, Thursden Valley, Coldwell and down to Trawden.
At last we’re at the centre of Colne and heading down to the Admiral Lord Rodney, not far to go now, only two and half miles and a small matter of Lenches to tackle and it’s job done.
I’ve never had a problem with Lenches previously but with the knees as they are this time it got me good and proper. Nothing for it but to walk as fast as possible, get up it and hopefully be able to go again once at the top. A quick check of the watch confirmed that I’m not going to break any records, but I already knew that. Using every bit of guts, determination and experience I managed to keep going at a reasonable pace. You would not believe the relief I felt at seeing the back end of the golf course knowing that I am now really close to finishing.
Turning the last corner into the school, and I have no idea where it came from, I managed a bit of a sprint to the finishing line clocking 2.15.46, nowhere near my fastest time of just under 1.50 but still just to finish was all this year was about, job done.
Would I do it again? Absolutely, hopefully next year.
A massive thank you has to go out to absolutely everybody who gave up their time to provide water, food and support along the route.
Calderdale Way Marathon Race Report
by Donna Airey
Baht’at Trail Marathon Race Report
As part of mine and Michelle Abbott’s long run days, we decided to book onto the Baht’at marathon, a tough one but we were confident that we would have been up to the miles on training runs by then so went for it. Our first marathon too.
How wrong could we be! Injuries prevented us from doing our long runs, so the furthest we had run leading up to the race was around 10k, no where near where we should have been. As you all know what we are like, this wasn’t going to stop us taking part. Our aim was to complete in around 5 1/2 hours.
The weather was rather warm as we set off. It seemed to climb, climb and climb some more. As we got to the Fell section, we took on some refreshments, scanned our chips and set back off again. The views were amazing. The route lead us through where the fires had been on Ilkely Moors, and it was amazing to see the plant life growing back. We tagged back off the Moors and it was a well deserved decent all the way back to the start, only to remember we had to do it all again.
I wasn’t aware, but Michelle had a plan on the way back up! She had spotted a chippy that was selling slush With her emergency money, we called in and enjoyed a walk to the first marshal station. We were greeted by runners of the half coming back down, most saying “you’re mad” or “rather you than me”.
To say it was tough is an understatement. I struggled on the way back down, everything was hurting. Michelle, as always, kept me going and provided entertainment throughout.
Trawden Trail Race Report
Will be back next year!
Jason Pier’s June
1st June – Kelbrook Fell Race (PBGP) – Results
1st MU18 – Nicholas Hennessey; 1st M45 – Jason Pier; 3rd M50 – Andrew Priory; 3rd M60 – Alan Archer; 1st M65 – Stephen Biscomb; 1st M75 – David Scott; 2nd WSEN – Claire Vincent; 3rd WSEN – Elizabeth Stephenson; 3rd W35 – Lisa Ellis; 2nd W45 – Janice Davies; 3rd W45 – Rachel Gilmore; 1st W60 – Julia Taylor; 1st W70 – Karin Goss; 2nd W70 – Christine Leathley
1st June – Long Duddon Fell Race – Results
3rd overall – Andy Laycock; 1st FV50 – Jean Brown; 1st FV60 – Wendy Dodds.
1st June – Pen-y-Ghent Fell Race – Results
2nd MV40 – Peter Coates; 1st LV60 – Nicola Dugdale
1st June – Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon – Results
3rd MV50 – Chris Funnell; 1st MV65 – Jeffrey Pickup.
1st June – Calderdale Way Ultra Races – Results
2nd June – Morecambe 10k – Results
5th June – Astley Park Trail Series 2/4 – Results
9th June – Marsden 10 – Results
12th June – Holcome Two Towers – Results
2nd M50 – Craig Stansfield; 1st M60 – Peter Dugdale.
13th June – Two Lads Fell Race, Horwich – Results
14th June – Podium, Barrowford (PBGP) – A Race – B Race – U16:30 Race – Junior Races
15th June – Pilling 10K – Results
15th June – Buckden Pike – Results
1st M60 – Peter Dugdale; 3rd M60 – Andrew Firth.
15th June – Great Lakes Fell Race – Results
1st M70 – Jack Holt
16th June – Father’s Day 10K, Lancaster – Results
1st MV60 – Alan Clarkson
16th June – British Masters 5K Road Championships, Horwich – Results
16th June – Kettlewell Fell Race (BOFRA) – Results
1st Lady – Briony Holt.
18th June – The Tor Fell Race, Helmshore – Results
3rd overall and 2nd MJ – Charlie Parkinson; 2nd M55 – Martin Brady.
18th June – Paddy’s Pole Fell Race – Results
1st MV40 – Peter Coates; 2nd MV50 – Alan Life; 3rd MV50 – Andrew Priory; 1st FV60 – Nichola Dugdale; 1st FV70 – Linda Lord.
19th June – Sabden Trail Races (PBGP) – Senior Results – Junior Results
2nd M7 – Alistair Motley; 2nd F13 – Eleanor Edwards; 1st F15 – Helana White; 2nd M15 – William Woodruff; 1st F17 – Sophie Ashworth – 2nd F17 – Bethany Wheatcroft; 1st M17 – Jackson Mackay; 3rd M17 – Peter Stevens; 3rd F40 – Lisa Stansfield; 3rd F50 – Helen Harrison; 1st F60 – Irene Roche; 1st F70 – Karin Goss; 3rd MS – Mark Magee; 2nd M60 – John Roche; 3rd M60 – Stephen Ainsworth; 2nd M65 – Robert Hirst; 2nd M70 – Barry Mitchell.
20th June – Aggies Staircase Fell Race – Results
3rd M50 – Alan Life; 1st W65 – Katy Thompson; 2nd M55 – Martin Brady. 1st Ladies Team (Lisa Ellis, Michelle Abbott, Katy Thompson).
27th June – Witton Park Trail Relays – Results
1st MJ Team – Charlie Parkinson, Nicholas Hennessey, Jackson Mackay; 2nd FJ Team – Helana White, Ella Dorrington-Levy, Briony Holt.
29th June – Whaley Waltz Fell Race – Results
30th June – Trawden 7 (PBGP) – Senior Results
2nd F60 – Irene Roche; 1st F70 – Karin Goss; 3rd F70 – Christine Leathley; 3rd M55 – Kevin Davies; 1st M60 – John Roche; 2nd M60 – Stephen Ainsworth; 1st M75 – David Scott; 1st MU21 – Nicholas Hennessey; 3rd MU21 – Alfie White.
|1st June||Burnley||Iain Wilkinson||SM30-34||19:20|
|Clitheroe Castle||Charlie Fee||JM11-14||21:41|
|8th June||Burnley||Jason Pier||VM45-49||19:11|
|22nd June||Burnley||Helana White||JW11-14||18:16|
|Clitheroe Castle||Charlie Fee||JM11-14||21:04|
|29th June||Burnley||Carl Carey||VM45-49||21:16|
Junior Parkrun Roundup
|9th June||Burnley||Eliena Lusty||JW10||08:26|
|16th June||Burnley||Helana White||JW11-14||06:58|
|Clitheroe Castle||Emily Nicholls||JW11-14||08:35|
|23rd June||Burnley||Olivia Huyton||JW11-14||08:42|