Hendon Brook 2014
‘The thought that 26 years prior my Dad will have already finished the race and claimed his long standing record passed through my mind but as I glanced ahead, I thought that I was making progress on Buttery and dug deep to find the resolve needed to overcome the mammoth hill…’
The Hendon Brook Half Marathon; some say it’s the toughest half in the country… Those people are probably telling the truth! Having not run a half marathon before I was unsure what to expect. With my usual distance being 5k/10k, I started the morning with my standard fast-paced warmup (and having learnt a painful lesson from the Calderdale relay, substantial Vaseline application to my torso!) before Coach Roche threw some valuable advice my way and told me to take it steady as I’d need all my energy for the slog to come!
Everyone had said to watch the fast start, to even take it easy until after the climb at Thursden Valley, as were were set off I elected to start slow and see where it took me…Running well off the leading pace set by Marc Hartley and Jimmy Craig as we made it round the school I felt to be almost dawdling so notched the speed up to more familiar territory… Although no sooner had I increased my speed doubt started to set in… everyone had said to start slow but my impatience got the better of me – had I compromised the rest of my race? Would I find myself dropping a chunk of places to the more experienced and seasoned long distance runners in the latter half of the race? I’d have to deal with that later as running up the first major hill to the Shooters pub I closed on ‘cannonball’ John Lloyd, keeping pace till I managed to pass him on the pull out of Catlow Bottom.
Heeding the advice of my fellow captains and spurred on by the encouraging words of former record holder Roger Brewster I started to put some work in after the Thursden climb while still trying to stay at sensible pace! Andy Buttery of Blackburn slowly came into view infront and gave me a target to work towards as we tackled what seemed an endless number of fiercely steep climbs, each followed by a similarly unforgiving descent.
The climb up Carry lane hurt then running through Colne I steeled myself for the last climb; The Legendary Lenches. Truly it is a killer of a climb, doubt once again settled in as I began the climb; how close behind were the chasing pack? Did I have enough left in the tank to keep plugging away? The thought that 26 years prior my Dad will have already finished the race and claimed his long standing record passed through my mind but as I glanced ahead, I thought that I was making progress on Buttery and dug deep to find the resolve needed to overcome the mammoth hill.
Reaching the top, Garry Wilkinson assured me I had no one behind within sight and with that worry taken off my mind I set about seeing what I could do to catch 5th place Andy Buttery – the last mile was tough running to the finish but the superb encouragement from marshals and spectators helped me onto the welcome sight of the finish line, crossing it in 1 hour 30 mins and claiming 6th place.
I don’t know why I’ve never done a half marathon before now, I certainly can’t explain why I chose the legendary Hendon Brook for my first but I it was certainly a baptism of fire (as well as a relief to finish with both nipples fully intact!). I have to say a massive thanks to the organisers, marshals, water station attendants and spectators for their cheers of encouragement as they definitely make all the difference when attempting a challenge like Hendon Brook – for my first effort I’m happy with my time and position and look forward to taking the challenge again next year!
Thanks to Tom Brewster
for this weeks race report! Full results can be found here
Full Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Results:
3 McKenna Jonny 01:25:05 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
6 Brewster Thomas 01:30:24 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
16 Motley Dave 01:36:43 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
19 Bagot David 01:37:21 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
21 Hesketh Paul 01:37:30 M45 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
22 Hartley John 01:37:56 M55 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
27 Davies Kevin 01:38:30 M50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
30 O’donnell Michael 01:40:53 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
40 Duckworth Avril 01:44:04 F50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
41 Biscomb Stephen 01:44:36 M60 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
51 Clarkson Alan 01:48:51 M55 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
55 Bradley Andy 01:50:43 M45 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
71 Roche Irene 01:56:12 F55 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
77 Heys Vicky 01:59:21 F40 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
78 Shian Angela 01:59:23 F35 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
88 Smith Geoffrey 02:03:13 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
90 Pickup Jeffrey 02:03:45 M60 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
91 Brady Martin 02:04:02 M50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
96 Rushton Julia 02:07:41 F50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
98 Griffin Martin 02:08:22 M50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
105 Proctor Stuart 02:12:45 M Clayton Le Moors Harriers
107 Orrell Ted 02:14:23 M75 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
117 Egerton Christine 02:23:16 F60 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
123 Allan Sue 02:50:33 F50 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
124 Leathley Christine 02:51:40 F65 Clayton Le Moors Harriers
The Rest Of The Weekends Action
On Saturday, two Harriers made the trip to the lengthy Howtown Fell Race 2014
. ‘Iuan’ Whigham
was the first of our members across the finish, with a time of 02:48:26
overall. Not far behind was another fell regular Mick Dobson, who crossed the line in 02:50:25
. Well done men!
‘Billy No Mates’ Breton Holdsworth
took on another fast paced trail race outside of Lancashire and yonder. He attended his annual Fathers Day race at Castle Howard 10k
, getting back on form with a 7th
placed finish and scraping under the 40 minute mark in 00:38:58
star continues to grow, as he represented Clayton-le-Moors Harriers at the European Championships (Up & Down)
in Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria. He finished his race in 00:39:33
place overall. Keep up the good work!
We had five Clayton-le-Moors Harriers race at the Blue Light 5 Miles Race 2014
. Once again, Jordan McDonald
continues to impress by having another excellent race – finishing 11th
(joint 10th) overall. He also finished as the 2nd U20
and achieved a speedy time of 00:31:11
. Another junior to impress was Ryan Clarke
! Finishing as the 1st U20
and in 21st
place. Lee Moore
also had a great race finishing in a time of 00:39:08
, as did Keith O’Brien
for finishing as the 2nd V70
. However, my performance of the weekend goes to Jackie Kershaw
for not only breaking her PB, but also posting a brilliant time of 00:40:45
. Well done Jackie
Well done to all who tackled this years Hendon Brook,
as well as everyone else who ran this weekend. On Thursday is the next Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Fell Championship Race Aggies Staircase
starting at 7:15pm.