Red Rose Cross Country, Guys 10 and the rest of the weeks action

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Red Rose Cross Country, Guys 10 and the rest of the weeks action

Red Rose Cross Country – Rossendale

Regular updates on social media promised mud, mud and more mud as the final fixture of the Red Rose Cross Country League approached.

Muddy track

Part of the Marl Pits course before the race even began!

A cohort of 38 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers braved the infamous muddy slope to take part. Men’s captain, Ian Greenwood made his return to racing after an injury. Richard Briscoe described it as, “A great race at Rossendale. Pleased with my performance and great fun running through the mud and the muddy slopes!”

Katy Thompson was first lady vet 60.

Our junior Harriers had a good day’s racing. Jackson McKay had an excellent run finishing in first place in the under-11 boys race and taking first place overall in his age group for the series. Well done Jackson. I’m told that Dexta lost a shoe during the race… this is turning out to be a bit of a trait for male Clayton Harriers! The fabulous under-13 girls also enjoyed an excellent race with Briony Holt, Millie Stubbs and Eleanor Root all finishing in the top ten giving their team first place on the day. Well done girls! Top ten finishes also for Curtis Holt, Alice Pier and Jordan McDonald.

U-11 Boys

Clayton Junior Runner

Jackson McKay storming to first place in his race

Team 4th Place

Position Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 6:09
18 Dexta Thompson 6:59
45 Finley Stubbs 7:47

U-11 Girls

Team 13th Place

Position Name Time
39 Keira Stevenson 8:22
69 Eloise Clegg 9:22
81 Milly Mccabe 10:35
84 Lydia Wood 10:57

U-13 Boys

Clayton Junior runner

Adam Stevenson battling it out in the U-13 Boys race

Team 5th place

Position Name Time
23 Adam Quinn 10:24
30 Adam Stevenson 11:11
34 Harry Mason 11:26
38 Daniel Bradley 12:44

U-13 Girls
Team 1st place

Position Name Time
2 Briony Holt 9:22
6 Eleanor Root 10:05
8 Millie Stubbs 10:21

U-15 Boys
Team 4th place

Position Name Time
8 Curtis Holt 15:25
21 Ryan Clark 16:53
22 Thomas Bradley 16:58

U-15 Girls

Position Name Time
7 Alice Pier 17:44

U-17 Men

Position Name Time
3 Jordan McDonald

U-17 Women

Position Name Time
11 Bethany Quinn 26:14

Ladies Race

Position Name Cat Time
26 Vicky Heys LV40 24:14
51 Sarah Helliwell L 26:38
62 Katy Thompson LV60 28:25
67 Kath Brady LV50 29:05
84 Sue Allen LV50 33:55
95 Christine Leathley LV65 41:19

Ladies team – 13th place

Ladies Vet team – 8th place

Mens Race

Clayton Harriers

George Pier and Ian Greenwood at the Red Rose Cross Country

Position Name Cat Time
33 Andrew Armstrong MV45 33:29
36 Carl Helliwell M 33:34
43 George Pier U20 34:18
47 Ian Greenwood MV50 34:30
53 Dave Motley M 34:44
56 Mike O’Donnell MV40 35:01
81 John Roche MV55 37:03
89 Richard Briscoe M 37:40
105 Peter Booth MV60 38:35
122 John Wilcock MV50 39:25
123 Geoff Pickup MV60 39:25
132 Peter Browning MV55 40:12
142 Andrew Howarth MV55 40:52
147 Dugald McCallum V65 41:19
164 Robin Nicholson MV40 43:54

Team 5th place

Vets Team 5th place

Full Results and Final Standings

Todmorden 5k Series – Race 3

80 runners took part in the third race in this series. 5 Clayton Harriers took part with Kevin Davies putting in an excellent run of 17:51 to finish in third place.

Position Name Cat Time
3 Kevin Davies MV50 17:51
41 Gary Balmer MV45 21:36
45 Martin Brady MV50 22:22
68 Robert Hirst MV60 26:02
71 Ron Chappell MV65 26:28

Full Results

Guys 10 – Garstang

348 runners took park in this 10 mile road race.

Guys 10 Race

Richard Stevenson, Jean Knightley, Julia Rushton, Irene Roche and Alex Cran at the Guys 10 Race. Pic by Kevin Davies

Race report from Michael Hogan

Guys 10 for those of you that don’t know is a very flat, fast race on quiet-ish country lanes between Guys thatched hamlet out around Inskip and back. The thing with this race is, no matter what your race plan is, the weather will have the final say as the wind can rip in straight off the Fylde coast. The race started in the hamlet carpark with a mad rush from the start to try and avoid the big puddles and bottle necks as we got out onto the road, straight into a 20 mph head wind – nice! The road carried on in a straight line for the next three miles into the wind.

Just after the first mile, the lead group passed a lady on a horse, the horse startled and went into a panic, we slowed down and slowly trotted passt the horse which the lady was trying to calm down, once clear it was back up to speed and battle with the wind. After about 30 seconds running I could hear a lot of unusual noise behind me, I looked over my shoulder to be face to face with said nag bearing down on me at full tilt. I grabbed the guy infront of me and threw both of us into the hedgerow to avoid being levelled. As I screamed ‘HORSE’ at the top of my voice Trawden’s Chris Quigley, who was a short distance in front, turned and had no option but to stare at his fate. Luckily he had the idea of grabbing the rains and stopping the animal. Well done Chris! By this time the lead group was well down the road as was the second group, I then set about chasing down Ritchie Briscoe and a disappearing Alex Cran.

Once out of the wind the running became a little easier and the pace picked up a little. I slowly pulled back Mr Briscoe, I drew level, and as he looked over to me his mouth started to move, OH NO I am going to get a mid-race lecture on last night’s beer!!!! Sorry Ritchie – I’m not hanging about pal. Thankfully the rest of the race was quite orderly, we crossed the finish line to receive a very nice pat of cheese, take stock of just how cold it was and disappear off for a good warm up.

Johnny McKenna

Johnny McKenna – running well in the Guys 10 race. Pic by Kevin Davies

Position Name Cat Time
6 Jonny McKenna M 55:52
19 Richard Stevenson M35 61:25
39 Alex Cran M40 65:36
53 Michael Hogan M45 66:44
61 Richard Briscoe M35 67:08
69 Chris Funnell M45 67:57
158 Martin Griffin M50 77:30
163 Irene Roche L55 77:48
189 Martin Brady M50 81:22
202 Julie Rushton L50 82:49
211 Ted Orrell M75 83:51
247 Jean Knightley L55 87:10
252 David Scott M70 87:59
259 Ron Chappell M65 88:54
271 Sarah Helliwell L 89:44

Full Results

Gravy Pud Fell Race

155 runners took part on Sunday 7th December. The race started from The Bulls Head Pub, Old Road, Tintwistle on the edge of the Peak District. The route heads up on to the moors and to Lees Hill before returning via Swallows Wood. Approximately 5 miles with 1000′ of climb. A couple of Clayton Harriers took part in this event.

Position Name Cat Time
42 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:44:06
146 Julie Toman LV45 01:01:46

Full Results

Parkrun Roundup

A cold and frosty start did not stop lots of our members from taking part in a number of parkruns. As always some outstanding runs and 7 top ten finishes with Christopher Holdsworth in first place at the Burnley event. Well done everyone!

Burnley parkrun

Christopher Holdsworth heading for first place and a new PB at Burnley parkrun. Pic by David Belshaw

Bolton parkrun – A total of 160 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
106 Julia RUSHTON 00:29:59

Burnley parkrun – A total of 115 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
1 Christopher HOLDSWORTH 00:17:03
2 Jonathan PYE 00:18:09
4 Jacob WATSON 00:18:23
9 Stephen AINSWORTH 00:20:51
19 Kieron MITCHELL 00:22:46
30 Martin BRADY 00:23:52
46 Donna SCOTT 00:24:54
66 Robert HIRST 00:26:31
68 Jackie KERSHAW 00:26:49
72 Stuart BARKER 00:27:15
79 Annabel WILCOCK 00:28:00
80 John WILCOCK 00:28:02
98 Sophie MCINTOSH 00:31:25

Pendle parkrun – A total of 42 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 Paul HESKETH 00:20:30
4 John HARTLEY 00:20:54
5 Susan BURNS 00:21:53
18 Barry MITCHELL 00:25:53
26 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 00:31:41
39 Molly HESKETH 00:38:47

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 94 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
56 Eileen JONES 00:30:27

Preston parkrun – A total of 154 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
53 George THOMPSON 00:24:30
55 Katy THOMPSON 00:24:57

Superfast Santa – Barlick Santa Run

According to the Burnley Citizen, Tom Brewster is the fastest Santa in Barnoldswick. Although the race is a charity fundraiser rather than a competitive race, he was the fastest Father Christmas completing the 5k course in under 18 minutes.  A seasonal and festive return for him after months of injury.

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country Championships

Well done to Natasha Olszewska who finished 5th in the Year 7 Girls race.  She was the first girl in for the QEGS team.  Further success for our junior members and the dedicated coaching team.

Clayton Juniors QEGS

Natasha Olszewska (2nd left) with her QEGS year 7 girls team at the Blackburn with Darwen Schools Cross Country Championships

Other News

Lee Mills Relays
Ladies Fell Captain Jean Brown has the following message;

“Calling all ladies! I have one team entered and now only three quarters of a second team for the Lee Mills Relays on Sunday 14th December. Looks like a great 10km fell relay – all runners do the same marked route, four runners per team. If you would like to run please let me know ASAP”

Ribble Valley 10K
Entries are filling up fast so don’t leave it too long if you want to enter this race.

Christmas/New Year Club Run
On Monday December 29th there will be a club run, walk, bike ride. (It all depends on your post-Christmas fitness and inclination!) It will be the same format as previous years.

Start 1:00pm at the bottom of The Memorial Park, Great Harwood  (map ref. 736 331). Approximately 2 hour run, walk or ride. Then to the Royal Hotel for food and a drink.

If people are going to come along could they let Mick Green know if they are vegetarian or not so that he can let the pub know how many to cater for.

I can be contacted on
01254 231650

Christmas Eve Pendle Run
Meet at Barley carpark at 11 am.  More details to follow when known.

And finally…

Whether you are dressing up and trotting with the turkeys in Hurst Green, relaying on the fells at Lee Mills, sampling pies at the Great Yorkshire pieathlon, racing for pudding at Longridge or multi-terrain racing in Whitworth, have a great run, take lots of photos and don’t forget to tell us all about it!


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Adrienne Olszewska