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.
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.
Team 4th Place
Team 13th Place
Team 5th place
Team 1st place
Team 4th place
Ladies team – 13th place
Ladies Vet team – 8th place
Team 5th place
Vets Team 5th place
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.
Guys 10 – Garstang
348 runners took park in this 10 mile road race.
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.
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.
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!
Bolton parkrun – A total of 160 runners took part.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 115 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 42 runners took part.
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Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 94 runners took part.
Preston parkrun – A total of 154 runners took part.
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.
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
Christmas Eve Pendle Run
Meet at Barley carpark at 11 am. More details to follow when known.
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!