Red Rose Cross Country at Bolton and the rest of the weeks action

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Red Rose Cross Country at Bolton and the rest of the weeks action

Red Rose Cross Country – Bolton Results

Another lucky break in the weather for the runners at the Red Rose Cross Country fixture in Leverhulme Park in Bolton. Jackson McKay had a splendid  run finishing second in the under 11 boys race.  This secures him joint first place in the Red Rose League table after 3 races.  Well Done Jackson!

A special mention also to Beth Quinn who has progressed from the middle of the junior girls to first Clayton lady home. Congratulations Beth!

Clayton Harriers

Beth Quinn – first Clayton lady home

U-11 Boys

Position Name Time
2 Jackson McKay 6:34
21 Dexta Thompson 7:34

U-11 Girls

Team position – 13th

Position Name Time
11 Ella Dorrington-Levy 7:47
76 Eloise Clegg 9:45
90 Lydia Wood 10:34
91 Millie MacCube 10:41
Clayton Juniors

Eloise Clegg battling to the finish for the U-11 girls

 U-13 Boys

Team position – 7th

Position Name Time
23 Adam Quinn 13:24
30 Adam Stevenson 14:13
34 Harry Mason 14:27
42 Daniel Bradley 15:37
Clayton Juniors

Harry Mason and Adam Stevenson, U-13 boys

 U-13 Girls

Team Position – 4th

Position Name Time
3 Briony Holt 12:30
10 Eleanor Root 13:19
26 Millie Stubbs 14:19
34 Liberty Thompson 15:02
49 Natasha Olszewska 16:06
Clayton Juniors

U-13 girls team at the start line.

U-15 Boys

Position Name Time
10 Curtis Holt 16:08
25 Simon Wilshaw 18:44

U-15 Girls

Position Name Time
7 Alice Pier 18:11
Clayton Juniors

Clayton Junior, Alice Pier, finishing in 7th place in the U-15 girls

 U-17 Men

Position Name Time
5 Jordan McDonald 19:55
Clayton Juniors

Junior, Jordan McDonald, flying to the finish in 5th place in the U-17  race

U-17 Ladies

Position Name Time
13 Bethany Quinn 27:39

 Senior U-20

Position Name Time
7 George Pier 42:29
Clayton Harriers

Fantastic finish from George Pier coming in 7th place in the U-20 group.


Team Position – 18th
Vets Team Position – 16th

Clayton Ladies

Clayton Ladies Helen Burnett and Katy Thompson

Position Name Category Time
68 Julie Rushton L50 27:46
76 Helen Burnett L40 28:46
89 Katherine Thompson L60 (1st in Category) 29:47
96 Kath Brady L50 30:17
127 Susan Allen L50 35:54
128 Christine Leathley L65 36:37


Team Position – 11th
Vets Team Position – 8th

Position Name Category Time
43 Andrew Armstrong V45 41:20
50 Carl Helliwell M 41:49
50 Carl Helliwell M 41:49
57 Kevin Davies V50 40:20
61 George Pier U20 42:29
144 John Wilcock V50 47:51
148 Andy Quinn V40 48:21
161 Peter Browning V55 49:01
181 Stephen White V55 50:19
208 David Burnett V45 52:59
216 Martin Brady V50 54:45
Clayton Men

Clayton Men Peter Browning and Andy Quinn at the start

Results in Full
Red Rose Cross Country League Table after 3 races

Navigation Night – 19th November

A number of our club members took part in this challenging event.

This report from the Barlick Fell Runners Website

It was ideal conditions for this navigation evening as 35 competitors, including a junior, set off to challenge their navigation skills against the dark and the clock, with some running solo and others as teams. The penalty points for taking more than the allotted hour are quite harsh and most of the runners with previous experience of this event made sure that they were back with time to spare.

It was close between the top five finishers, but once more Mark Nutter showed his mastery of this event and his intimate knowledge of the area to finish first solo runner and overall winner.  This saw him once more add his name to the Badger Trophy as first runner from Clayton.

Close behind Mark was the Chew brothers team who finished second overall and first team winners.  They were chased hard by Sam Wadsworth & Andrew Driver, who finished in joint third position, along with the redoubtable Neil Hardiman, another Claytoner renowned for his night time navigational skills and knowledge of the local area.  As if to emphasise that this is Clayton territory, Ralph Baines was the third solo finisher and his club mates Andy Firth & Peter Dugdale were third team.

First solo lady was Jean Brown, who took her young son Christopher with her.

The harshness of the time penalty points was brought home by the fact that the last four runners and teams ended in negative point territory.  There was a prize of the “Richard Briscoe Wooden Spoon” for the runner or team with the least points.  Richard tried hard to win the spoon bearing his name by losing a battery out of his head torch and returning in the dark, but Chris Barnes was having such an enjoyable time trying to find the check points that he overlooked the price he would pay for being back late and it was he who returned home with his dubious prize.

Full Results

Todmorden 5k – Race 1 – 20th November

The first in a series of timed 5k events. This is a fast, three lap course.  Head torches can be used but must be below 50 lumens in brightness.

73 runners

Position Name Category Time
27 Alan Clarkson M55 00:21:05
48 Martin Brady M50 00:23:26
57 Robert Hirst M60 00:25:24
61 Ron Chappell M65 00:26:16
66 Nicola Kay F 00:28:21

Market Rasen 10k – 23rd November

The Market Rasen 10k is a popular multi terrain event and 447 runners took part in wet and muddy conditions on Sunday morning.  The race starts with a lap of the racecourse, continues along Legsby Road, through Dog Kennel Woods and then finishes with a final lap of the race course.

Breton Holdsworth was our sole representative at this event finishing in 7th place with a time of 35:08.  A great run – well done Breton.

Breton at Rasen 10k

Where’s Breton? Breton Holdsworth with signature orange gloves and cap at the start line

Full Results

Parkrun results

Clayton Harriers have been out and about again this week.  Some impressive runs at the local Burnley event for Jacob Watson and Jonathon Pye taking first and second places, with Susan Burns coming in first for the ladies.  Well done to all of our parkrunners.

Burnley parkrun – 144 runners took part

Position Name Time
1 Jacob Watson 00:18:19
2 Jonathon Pye 00:18:25
10 Susan Burns 00:20:49 First lady finisher
15 Gordon Barrett 00:21:48
26 David Ian Scott 00:23:15
38 Sarah Helliwell 00:24:31 New PB!
39 Martin Brady 00:24:33
57 Richard Lawson 00:25:42
63 Robert Hirst 00:26:31
68 Ron Chappell 00:26:48
85 Stuart Barker 00:27:59
91 Annabel Wilcock 00:28:40
92 John Wilcock 00:28:45
106 Nicola Kay 00:29:53

Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham – 398 runners took part

Position Name Time
19 Paul Shackleton 00:19:14

 Lyme Park parkrun – 101 runners took part

Position Name Time
80 Ron Hill 00:32:08 First timer at Lyme!

 Pendle parkrun – 33 runners took part

Position Name Time
2 John Hartley 00:21:12
20 Dawn Terry 00:26:10
29 Molly Hesketh 00:36:07
32 Paul Hesketh 00:37:50

 Preston parkrun – 210 runners took part

Position Name Time
10 Colin Shuttleworth 00:19:29

Club News

There is a change in the committee to report.  Rebecca Rawcliffe has formally tendered her resignation as Membership Secretary due to unavoidable work commitments.  The committee thanks her for the work she undertook in the role.  Adam Hamer has put himself forward to take over the appointment and has now been accepted into the role. We look forward to his input over the coming year.

Club Tent
After securing funding for publicity from Sport England, we now have a brand new club tent.
Chairman, James Hickie said, ” A big thank you to Jason Pier for all the hard work sorting our new tent! Our tent was easily the BEST TENT at the Red Rose XC yesterday, and it was great to see so many of our members at the tent. We look forward to seeing even more of Team Clayton at our new tent next Saturday at the big Mid Lancs Liverpool XC fixture. Thanks to Sport England for funding the tent and thanks again Jason!”


Club Tent

Our distinctive new club tent

It certainly stands out!

Club Tent

In use. I can’t imagine anyone not being able to find the tent any more!

And finally…

London VLM Club Place
Just to clarify, you don’t need a rejection letter to apply for the last remaining club place for the London Marathon. It’s open to all senior members- last date for applications is December 12th, will be draw on the 13th. Contact John Wilcock for further information, or to put your name in the hat.

Mid Lancs Cross Country – Liverpool
This is the biggest XC race in the calendar, we need a massive showing and effort to compete against not only local team runners, but some of the best runners in the country. It’s a massive day, so hopefully all the juniors, ladies and men, as well as all the regulars and everyone else can make an appearance and put in a big effort that will be immense!! 

Contact Cross Country Captains Ian Greenwood or Irene Roche for more info.

Come on Team Clayton!!

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Adrienne Olszewska