Blake’s Heaven, That’s Lyth and the East Lancs Hospice 10k

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Blake’s Heaven, That’s Lyth and the East Lancs Hospice 10k

Sad News

Sadly, two long-standing club members have passed away recently.

John Amos
Richard Lawson writes;  our members will be sad to hear of the death of John Amos in Pendleside Hospice. Born in Gt Baddow in Essex in 1938, John saw the light and came north working as an administrator in DHSS centres in Lancashire and Yorkshire. John joined Clayton-le-Moors Harriers in 1978 in time for the cross country season. He competed regularly in all disciplines to a high standard until 2007 and was a member of the M60 team competing at Tredegar House nr Newport in the national vets’ relays. He came with us to the Guernsey Easter Runs in 2007 completing the four races in four days.

John Amos 1

John Amos 1938 – 2015

You couldn’t get a nicer guy. John faced his illness with the utmost bravery and cheerfulness and still attended club events both athletic and social He was a valued member of our Wrinkly group and will be missed by us all. He has had the loving support of his wife, Sonya, and two children, Joanne and Melvyn and their families, and our thoughts are with them.

John’s funeral is at 11am on Thursday 29th January at Skipton Crematorium

Tom Targett
Members will also be saddened to hear that another of our members, Tom Targett, has also passed away.

Tom’s funeral is at 10.30am on Tuesday 27th January at St Joseph’s Church, Accrington

Blake’s Heaven – Saturday 24th January

Fell Captain, Dave Motley, took part in the Blake’s Heaven fell race. The race distance is 7.05Km (4.4m) with 446m (1,463ft) of ascent.

He reported;

This race starts in the little village of Lamplugh which is situated in the Northern Lake District. With the 2.5hr drive in mind we decided to make a weekend of it and visited relatives in Cockermouth. I arrived in Lamplugh with 30mins to register and warm up, and then we were off. A quick start over a field then straight onto forestry tracks and the start of a long gradual climb to checkpoint 1. If I’m honest I found the climb tough with the recent Coach Roche speed sessions still in my legs and I got to checkpoint 1 just outside the top 10.

Dave Motley

Fell Captain Dave Motley at the Blake’s Heaven Fell Race. Picture by

As soon as the climb had finished, we were straight onto a steep grassy climb to the summit of Blake Fell which was concealed in the mist, quickly around the marshalled pile of stones and then off the summit. This is where things changed for me as I had lost the group of runners in front and found myself alone and not knowing the route. I made the decision to jump straight over the nearest stile and I headed down the fell only to find I’d taken the wrong route and taken another 2 runners with me. We quickly realised the error of our ways when we noticed a line of runners 300-400m to the left of us. Back on track and onto the long run off Blake Fell back to the finish. I think I managed Top 20 but I am waiting for full results. I thought this was a cracking little race and I’ll be returning for more in 2016, next time checking the map and making sure I go the right way.

Awaiting full results

East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday 25th January

Junior Race

The formidable “Team Stevenson” aka Keira, Adam, Rachel and Lucy, took part in the 1K event and made the pages of the local press to boot. Well done to all of them.

Clayton Juniors

The Formidable “Team Stevenson” at the East Lancs Hospice 1K race

Senior Race

Postponed after a weekend of extreme weather, the East Lancs Hospice 10k was blessed with much better conditions. Dry, cool and no wind; a recipe for success and PBs if ever there was one.

15 members including new members Elouise Pemberton, Clare Whittaker, Deborah Greenwood and Stephanie Hawke got stuck in and all came in under the hour. Well done in particular to Elouise and Clare for achieving new personal best times.

Elouise Pemberton

First timer Elouise Pemberton at the East Lancashire Hospice 10k

Jacob Watson ran in the front pack throughout the race, finishing in 3rd place overall and 1st Clayton counter. Well done Jacob. There were top twenty finishes for Carl Helliwell, John Hartley and David Naughton and not far behind were John Roche and Richard Briscoe. David Scott was first V70.

Jacob Watson

Jacob Watson who finished 3rd at the East Lancs Hospice 10k

Irene Roche was the first Clayton lady home finishing in 71st place with a time of 46:31 and was also the first F55. Our new ladies all ran well and look likely to continue improving. Well done to all of you.

Irene Roche

Irene Roche, 1st Clayton Lady and 1st F55 at the East Lancs Hospice 10K

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time 
3 Jacob Watson M (002/070) 00:36:54
12 Carl Helliwell M (006/070) 00:39:17
13 John Hartley M55 (002/018) 00:39:25
19 David Naughton M50 (002/017) 00:40:54
22 John Roche M55 (003/018) 00:40:59
26 Richard Briscoe M (012/070) 00:41:35
71 Irene Roche F55 (001/005) 00:46:31
81 David Scott M70 (001/001) 00:47:31
106 Clare Wilson F35 (005/032) 00:49:36
123 Amanda Duffy F35 (011/032) 00:51:35
136 Stephanie Hawke F35 (012/032) 00:52:43
141 Sarah Helliwell F (008/034) 00:53:05
165 Elouise S Pemberton F (009/034) 00:55:03
215 Deborah Greenwood F45 (016/032) 00:59:18
221 Nicola Kay F (017/034) 00:59:50

Full Results

Northern Cross Country Championships – 25th January

Four club members travelled to Pontefract to take part in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships

 Mens Results

Pos Time Forename Surname
430 00:52:45 Richard Briscoe
605 01:00:20 Peter Browning

 Ladies Results

Pos Time Forename Surname
338 0:56:03 Susan Allen
339 0:56:21 Christine Leathley

Full Results 

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race – Saturday 24th January

This is a 6 mile race with 950 feet of ascent. Four of our members took part: David Scott, George Thompson, Robert Hirst & John Francis. Well done gents!

Pos Name Category Time
111 David Scott M70 00:53:37
134 George Thompson M60 00:57:40
153 Robert Hirst M60 01:01:22
170 John Francis M70 01:14:23

Full Results

That’s Lyth – Saturday 24th January

That’s Lyth is a challenge event organised by the Lakeland Long Distance Walkers Group. Many LDWA challenge events are popular with runners. This event is described as is a superb winter event, encircling the Lyth Valley and visiting Scout Scar, Cunswick Scar and Whitbarrow Scar. The route is 23 Miles with an ascent of 3200 feet.

A select group of our members took part, including; Martin Terry, Nigel Hodson, Wendy Dodds, Katy Thompson.

The weather took a turn for the worse towards the end, so well done to all who took part.

Results yet to be published

Welcome Tavern 10k – Sunday 25th January 

Awaiting results

Tempo 10k Series – Sunday 25th January

Martin Brady was our sole representative at this Stratford-upon-Avon event and he reports;

I did this race today thinking it would be an easy jog. It ended up being quite a tough slog. The winner normally does between 36 and 37 minutes. This shows it is not flat. It is a series of races called the Tempo Winter 10k in Ilmington Warwickshire. If you are ever in the area when one of these races is being staged have a go – it’s a good tester smile emoticon I measured it as closer to 6.5 miles than 10k.

Full Results

parkrun roundup

Well done to all of our parkrunners. This week saw top ten finishes for our members at the Burnley and Pendle parkruns. There were also 3 New PBs; well done to Wendy Dodds, Stephen Ainsworth and Adam Stevenson.

Leamington parkrun – A total of 407 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
128 Martin BRADY 00:24:03

Bolton parkrun – A total of 333 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
80 Julia RUSHTON 00:24:32
95 Katy THOMPSON 00:25:08

Burnley parkrun – A total of 183 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 Tom BREWSTER 00:17:44
3 Jonathan PYE 00:18:15
10 Stephen AINSWORTH 00:20:45
21 Alan CLARKSON 00:22:28
24 Adam STEVENSON 00:22:41
44 Jacob WATSON 00:24:01
66 Richard LAWSON 00:25:17
83 Yvonne WICKHAM 00:26:41
90 Annabel WILCOCK 00:27:23
91 John WILCOCK 00:27:25
100 Ron CHAPPELL 00:28:11
103 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 00:28:33
104 Julie TOMAN 00:28:37
108 Lucy STEVENSON 00:28:49
145 Keira STEVENSON 00:33:31
146 Rachel STEVENSON 00:33:34

Pendle parkrun – A total of 37 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 John HARTLEY 00:21:55
19 Dawn TERRY 00:28:57
29 Molly HESKETH 00:32:32

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 114 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
41 Wendy DODDS 00:24:19
114 Eileen JONES 00:46:06

Coming up

Entries for the Winter Warmer 10k in Blackburn are filling up fast.  This is the first race  in the club road championships so let’s have a good turn out.  There are also prizes for the 1st Men & Ladies team (4 counters). Lets go get them guys n gals! Don’t miss out if you want to race

Full Details and Online Booking

And finally…

It’s coming soon, the glitziest, most entertaining awards ceremony of the year. I am, of course, talking about the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Presentation Evening. It will be held in the 1882 Lounge, at Burnley Football Club on Saturday 21st March. For the first time, there will be junior awards so it would be great to have a full house. Tickets are £13.00 for adults and £5.00 for under 18’s. This includes a hot buffet supper and live music from the Space Bats.


Tickets are available now from Marie Greenwood 01254 237485 or email

Alternatively, keep an eye out for chairman, James Hickie at the Tuesday Training session. Tickets are also available at the juniors’ Thursday session. Please ensure you have either a cheque or the exact amount to hand.

About the author

Adrienne Olszewska