Lee Mill Fell Relays, Turkey Trot and the rest of the week’s action

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Lee Mill Fell Relays, Turkey Trot and the rest of the week’s action

Mud, mud, glorious mud. There’s nothing quite like it… after an arctic start to Saturday with a hard frost and icy conditions to wild, wet and windy on Sunday, the common theme to many events you have been taking part in this weekend has been mud.  Lots and lots and lots of it!

Lee Mills Relays – 14th December

This is a new relay event set in the Lee mill Quarry site, for teams of four runners; men, ladies or mixed. All four runners run an individual leg over a 10k flagged course. This is a hard and demanding route run in wintery conditions.

Three teams were entered by Clayton; Ladies V40, Ladies V50 and Men’s V40

Running Trophy

Lee Mill Fell Relay Trophy for the winning Ladies Team

Ladies’ Fell Captain, Jean Brown reported; “thanks to the two teams of ladies who braved the weather to run the inaugural Lee Mill relays today and to Rossendale Harriers for organising. I think we all had a great day out, if very wet, windy and boggy. We were the first ladies team home with the second of our ladies teams third (there were five ladies teams racing). I am sure we will be back for more in 2015!”

Clayton Ladies Fell Team

Anna Kelly, Richard Stott, Jean Brown, Alison Dugdale

Full Results

Todmorden 5k Winter Series – Race 4

The fourth and final race of the Cannonball Winter 5k series took place on Thursday 11th December. Four Clayton Harriers took part.

Position Name Category Time
12 Richard Briscoe M 19:31
27 Gary Balmer MV45 21:53
42 Martin Brady MV50 23:36
43 Darren Rushton MV40 23:38

Full Results

Hurst Green Turkey Trot – 14th December

Lots of Harriers dressed up and took part in this festive trail run around the picturesque village of Hurst Green. Breton Holdsworth was the first M40, Thomas Bradley had an excellent run finishing 49th overall and first junior, Charlie Clutterbuck was the first M65, and Nichola Horsfall was the first F55.

Hurst Green Turkey Trot

L-R Carl Helliwell, Ian Greenwood and Dave Motley at the Hurst Green Turkey Trot

Position Name Category Time
10 Breton Holdsworth M40 00:34:55
14 Carl Helliwell M 00:35:37
15 Ian Greenwood M50 00:36:08
17 Dave Motley M 00:37:06
18 Ivan Whigham M50 00:37:07
22 Keiron Mitchell M40 00:37:37
25 Sean Clare M45 00:38:22
29 Chris Funnell M45 00:38:30
33 Mick Dobson M40 00:40:50
49 Thomas Bradley MJ 00:41:07
53 Richard Briscoe M 00:41:59
58 Andrew Dugdale M50 00:43:10
60 Stephen White M55 00:43:24
67 Peter Dugdale M55 00:44:24
80 Peter Thompson M50 00:45:59
81 Nichola Horsfall F55 00:46:50
112 John Roche M55 00:50:52
115 Irene Roche F55 00:51:02
116 Natalie Harrison F 00:51:03
133 Robert Hirst M60 00:53:08
144 Charlie Clutterbuck M65 00:55:32
156 Adrienne Olszewska F45 00:59:03
159 Sophie McIntosh F 01:00:46
160 Chris Holdsworth M 01:00:47
192 Nicola Kay F 01:08:24
Hurst Green Turkey Trot

Hurst Green Turkey Trot. “slenderman” aka JOhn Roche. Photo by Andy Holden

Other club members running but not listing themselves as Clayton-le-Moors Harriers were:

Position Name Category Time
107 Tracey Mitchell (Hills and Mills) F40 00:50:24
109 Candice Heyes (Hills and Mills) F35 00:50:26
113 Vicky Heys (Julia Hartley Sporting Therapy) F40 00:51:00
118 Angela Shian (Julia Hartley Sporting Therapy) F 00:51:05

Full Results

Longridge Christmas Pudding 7 – 14th December

A group of six Clayton Harriers took part in this festive run in Longridge. Taking home a christmas pudding were;

Position Name Category Time
37 Stephen Biscomb MV60 00:50:42
136 Tanya Bunkham F 01:01:35
137 Peter Costello MV55 01:01:49
148 Ted Orrell MV75 01:02:48
170 Bryan Searby MV40 01:06:34
229 Susan Allen FV50 01:23:45

Full Results

Mytholmroyd Fell Race – 14th December

99 runners completed the 6.2 mile course on a day of strong winds, mist and rain showers with two of our club members putting in a couple of fine runs.

Fell Running

Jon Sharples at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Picture by the Woodentops

The Mytholmroyd Fell Race is mainly run over open moorland. In poor weather conditions runners may be required to use navigation skills in order to complete the course. The route is flagged but only has limited marshalling. Due to the nature of the race route and the time of year at which the race is run, novice or inexperienced fell runners should not attempt the race.

Fell running

Alan Life at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race. Picture by the Woodentops

Position Name Category Time
25 Alan Life MV50 60:24
54 Jon Sharples MV55 66:33

Full Results

Lynne Edmondson Memorial & Christine Navan’s Brownhouse Wham Reservoir Race

Jason, George and Alice Pier ran this 5k race at Whitworth on Sunday 14th December. George was 5th male and first male junior. Alice was 3rd lady and first female junior. Also in the race were Jack McGuire, Christine Leathley and Julie Toman.

Unfortunately, no results are available at the time of publishing this report.  Will update when they are out.

Parkrun roundup

It was a beautiful morning but very cold and extremely frosty. Several parkruns were cancelled but some still went ahead despite icy conditions. Well done to the Burnley parkrunners for another batch of excellent runs with 4 of our members finishing in the top ten. A new PB for Richard Stevenson as well. There was a first time appearance at the Ormskirk parkrun from George Thompson making it his 15th parkrun location.

Clayton Juniors

Clayton Junior, Jordan McDonald at Burnley parkrun.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 113 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 Jordan MCDONALD 00:17:57
3 Jonathan PYE 00:18:05
5 Jacob WATSON 00:18:27
6 Richard STEVENSON 00:18:33
14 Stephen AINSWORTH 00:21:15
20 Ryan Andrew CLARKE 00:22:51
26 Martin BRADY 00:23:51
51 Donna SCOTT 00:26:19
68 John WILCOCK 00:27:56
70 Annabel WILCOCK 00:27:59
73 Stuart BARKER 00:28:25

Ormskirk parkrun – A total of 106 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
39 George THOMPSON 00:24:18

Pendle parkrun – A total of 52 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 Paul HESKETH 00:20:16
4 John HARTLEY 00:20:57
5 Paul BRANNON 00:21:05
22 Dawn TERRY 00:25:55
39 Molly HESKETH 00:33:32

London Marathon Places

The club had 4 places available to take part in the London Marathon. 3 members who missed out on the general ballot for places came forward and the remaining place was offered out to interested members. A draw was done on Saturday morning at the parkrun and Alan Clarkson was the lucky one.

That makes the club entrants:

  • Nichola Kay
  • Stephen Whittaker
  • Tanya Bunkham
  • Alan Clarkson

Good luck to all of you!

Cross Country Palladium Standings

In the Cross Country Palladium Competition members receive points for competing in any cross country race held in the UK in the period 1st September 2014 to 7th March 2015.

Vicky Heys and Carl Helliwell are the current leaders. The standings will next be updated after the Northern on 24th January.

Full Details

Cross Country Club Championship 2013/14

The Club Cross Country Championship consists of three races, with a member’s best two races counting. The qualifying 2014 races were:

  • Saturday 4th January – Lancashire Cross Country Championships, Blackburn.
  • Saturday 25th October – Mid Lancs League, Hyndburn.
  • Saturday 29th November – Mid Lancs League, Liverpool.

Congratulations to Ladies’ Champion Vicky Heys and Men’s Champion Christopher Holdsworth.

Club Road Club Championship 2014

The Club Road Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The qualifying 2014 races were:

  • Sunday 23rd February 11:00 am – Great North West Half Marathon, Blackpool.
  • Friday 23rd May 7:00 pm – Burnley Lions 10k, Colne.
  • Sunday 27th July 11:00 am – Towneley Park 10k, Burnley.
  • Thursday 25th September 6:45 pm – Ron Hill 5k, Whitworth.
  • Sunday 7th December 10:00 am – Guy’s 10, Garstang.

Congratulations to Ladies’ Champion Irene Roche and Men’s Champion Jonny McKenna.

Club Fell Championship 2014

The Club Fell Championship consists of five races, with a member’s best three races counting. The qualifying 2014 races were:

  • Saturday 8th March 11:00 am – Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round (BM), Barley.
  • Saturday 12th April 11:00am – Coledale Horseshoe (AM), Braithwaite.
  • Thursday 19th June 7:15 pm – Aggie’s Staircase (AS), Darwen.
  • Sunday 10th August 10:30 am – Boulsworth Fell (BM), Trawden.
  • Saturday 15th November 10:30am – Tour of Pendle (AL), Barley.

Congratulations to Ladies’ Champion Jean Brown and Men’s Champion Matt Perry.

2015 Championships

The club road and fell championship are open to any club member. Each championship consists of five races. Your best three races from the list of five count towards the final scores.

The Fell Championship kicks off with the first qualifying race, the Stanbury Splash on 18th January.

The Road Championship kicks off with the first qualifying race, the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k on 8th Feb

Remaining races to be announced in January.

And finally…

If you are a member of the FRA (Fell Runners Association), please note the following advice about renewing your subscription.


Renewal of FRA Membership should now be done on-line.  Existing standing orders are no longer valid and will not work.  Anyone who renews before 10th December will receive their Handbook and Fixtures Calendar before Christmas, and if you choose to set up a direct debit payment before the end of the year you will get a £2 discount from the full membership rate. 

To renew your FRA Membership please go to the link www.sientries.co.uk/fra/  and follow the instructions.  This link can also be found on the FRA web-site at fellrunner.org.uk. 

It is also possible to renew by cheque if you don’t have access to the internet – please call Martin Stone or Debbie Thompson on 01931 714106. 

For any queries please call Martin or Debbie, or get in touch with FRA Treasurer Andy Watts (details in the 2014 Handbook).

About the author

Adrienne Olszewska