Ron Hill 75th Birthday 5k Race – Littlebrough

ByJim Hickie

Ron Hill 75th Birthday 5k Race – Littlebrough

Clayton Harriers on the up!!! – Ron Hill 75th 5k (Littlebrough)

Wednesday night saw race 4 in the Clayton Harriers club championship and our members joined the legend that is Dr Ron Hill in celebrating his 75th birthday in style by competing in the Andy ‘o’ Sullivan organised 5k race at Littleborough.

The evening started with our captains Dave Motley & Tom Brewster being interviewed live on Radio Lancashire as part of the celebrations, followed by Ron Hill MBE. Lots of other members were being photographed, interviewed and filmed by the TV crews.

The race itself saw near to 400 runners competing in what now are regular Andy O’Sullivan 5k races from Littlebrough with the proceeds going to charity.

Team Clayton 1Team Clayton!

The route which is a twisty undulating route where runners have to navigate the roads of Littlebrough including a railway underpass and a flight of stairs. On the night I.Mcbride won the race in a time of 15:51. Clayton’s very own Jonny McKenna was not far behind in 4th, Capt.Brewster followed in 10th, Breton Holdsworth (13th), Nick Gaskell (18th), Dave Motley (27th). In addition it was a great night for the juniors with Leon Passco finishing 2nd U17 and Isaac Wilkinson 1st U11 in a fantastic 22 minutes! A number of other juniors posted new pb’s.

In total 39 members competed in Clayton colours and 8 out of the first 10 counters were senior members, this shows we are a club on the rise and we have a bright future.

The next races in the Club Championship are the Full Tour of Pendle in November followed by Guys 10mile in December.

The full results are available HERE and a selection of pictures can be found HERE

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Jim Hickie