There’s no place like home, XC at Towneley and the rest of the week’s action

ByAdrienne Olszewska

There’s no place like home, XC at Towneley and the rest of the week’s action

And the wind did howl, and the wind did moan… but it still doesn’t deter Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.  We are a hardy bunch and a bit of a breeze and a nip in the air isn’t going to get our way! Out in force at the cross country in Towneley park, up on the fells, pounding the roads, and parkrunning in nasty conditions. You just can’t keep a Harrier down.

Mid-Lancs Cross Country – Towneley

This was home turf for many of our members especially the juniors who run here most Saturdays so it was an excellent turnout and event for them. There were a few first-timers for the seniors running in this event so well done to them and we hope it is the first of many!

Junior Race Report – from Andy Armstrong

A blustery cold day greeted our junior runners on Saturday for the latest round of the Mid Lancs XC Series. Despite the weather we had an excellent turnout with 27 young athletes braving the conditions.

Our under 13 girls secured first team place and our under 15 boys grabbed the second team position. We don’t really like to single runners out as they all did superbly just to turn out & run in the conditions but a special mention has to go to Jackson who, having finished his race, continued running through the finish funnel and back onto the field to run in with his younger brother Josh (in his first XC competition).

I also have to mention a gutsy performance from Lucy Stevenson in the under 15 girls race. It’s not easy for an adult to finish at the back of the field, it’s even harder for a teenager; Lucy continues to turn up & train hard and the results will come.

Clayton Juniors

Gutsy runner Lucy Stephenson

U-11 Girls
Our under 11 girls turned out in force and there were top ten finishes for both Ella Dorrington and Sophie Ashworth who was running her first cross country race. Well done to our youngest girls who put in some solid performances in tough conditions.

Positon Name Time
6 Ella Dorrington 8:13
7 Sophie Ashworth 8:14
30 Keira Stevenson 9:03
31 Roanna Holdsworth 9:04
37 Grace Root 9:26
43 Kady Thompson 10:02
53 Rachel Stevenson 10:57
54 Millie Mccabe 11:51

U-11 Boys
Another win for Jackson McKay and some great performances all round in difficult conditions. It was great to see Jackson heading back onto the course to support his brother Joshua; do we have the Brownlee brothers of the future? Let’s hope so! Well done boys.

Clayton Juniors

Jackson running back to support his brother Joshua after finishing in first place.

Positon Name Time
1 Jackson McKay 6:54
13 Dexta Thompson 7:28
23 Finley Stubbs 8:08
46 Jack Skelly 9:16
51 Joshua McKay 9:48
56 Finan Holdsworth 10:04

U-13 Girls
Our exceptional under 13 girls continue to enjoy success with superb runs from all four of them earning a well deserved first team result. There’s just no stopping Briony, Ellie, Liberty and Millie.

Positon Name Time
2 Briony Holt 9:56
5 Eleanor Root 10:38
10 Liberty Thompson 11:02
13 Millie Stubbs 11:10
Clayton Juniors

Our unstoppable U-13 girls. L-R Ellie Root, Liberty Thompson, Millie Stubbs, Briony Holt

Team Position – 1st place!

U-13 Boys
Two of our U-13 boys took part. Well done Adam and Harry.

Clayton Juniors

Adam Quinn in the U-13 boys race

Positon Name Time
11 Adam Quinn 11:59
29 Harry Mason 13:43

U-15 Girls
Alice Pier and Lucy Stevenson represented the club in this age group. Well done girls!

Positon Name Time
10 Alice Pier 12:21
14 Lucy Stevenson 17:01

U-15 Boys
Our under 15 boys ran well and earned themselves 2nd place team. Great effort from Curtis, Thomas and Ryan.

Positon Name Time
9 Curtis Holt 14:28
13 Thomas Bradley 15:32
17 Ryan Clarke 15:57

U-17 Women
Bethany Quinn was our sole representative in this goup and finished in 9th place with a time of 18:23 Well done Bethany!

U-17 Men
Jordan McDonald had a great run finishing in 6th place with a time of 19:58. Well done Jordan!

Ladies Race Report by Ladies’ Captain, Irene Roche

Clayton Harriers

Ladies XC Captain, Irene Roche, in action at Towneley

I arrived at Towneley Park today via wind power and extremely cold one at that! Should have put more layers on over the usual hoody and jacket! However, spirits were not iced or crushed amongst the good turnout we had today. Although we complained about the cold, the start line was awash with tangerine and with the passing of best wishes to “have a good run”, we were off.

It’s safe to say the wind both pushed us on and pushed us back, depending where you were on the field. Having battled the elements, Clayton ladies all finished in excellent style. From the front Angela overtook Vicky, Natalie (relatively new to XC) following close behind. A particular well done to our first three counters! The results show excellent efforts also, from the rest of our ladies.

The Vet 55s gained first place for their group while other categories came in with good positions. Particular congratulations to Nikki Kay for completing her first XC and to Jacqueline Kershaw for giving it a go “instead of the road”. Much appreciated girls!

And so, for the magnificent turn out by Clayton members today, a big thanks as always to all.

Cheers everyone, Irene

Position Name Cat Time
49 Angela Shian L35 25:10
50 Vicky Heys L35 25:11
51 Natalie Harrison L 25:13
54 Irene Roche L55 25:30
70 Jean Knightley L55 26:15
79 Dawn Richardson L45 26:34
85 Julia Rushton L45 27:16
93 Sarah Helliwell L 27:52
95 Tanya Ashworth L 27:58
96 Kath Brady L45 27:59
105 Katy Thompson L55 28:57
110 Helen Burnett L35 29:23
113 Michelle Butschok L35 29:46
118 Yvonne Wickham L45 30:05
133 Jackie Kershaw L35 31:14
149 Nicola Kay L 33:18
157 Susan Allen L45 34:02
160 Christine Leathley L65 35:24

Ladies Team Results

Team A – (A Shian, V Heys, N Harrison) 13th place
Team B – (I Roche, J Knightley, D Richardson) 20th place

Over 35 Team Results
Team A (A Shian, V Heys, I Roche) 8th place
Team B (J Knightley, D Richardson, J Rushton) 10th place

Over 45 Team Results
Team A (I Roche, J Knightley, D Richardson) 4th place
Team B (J Rushton, K Brady, K Thompson) 8th place

Over 55 Team Results
1st place (I Roche, J Knightley, K Thompson)

Mens Race Report by Men’s Captain, Ian Greenwood

Clayton showed their true colours at the Mid Lancs Cross Country at Towneley Park, Burnley. I would just like to say a big thank you to all Team Clayton that turned out at Burnley on Saturday. It was great to see the young talent in the club putting in some outstanding performances. Senior men’s team on the day finished second to Blackburn Harriers. Let’s have the same performance at the next fixture at Blackpool in February, and that will see us gain promotion to division one where Clayton Harriers belong.

On a personal note sorry I had to drop out on the day, all down to a Christmas virus and a niggling injury. Let’s see Team Clayton out in force at Blackpool.

Ian Greenwood, Senior Mens Cross Country Captain

Clayton Harriers

George Pier (far left) giving Dave Motley and the other senior men a run for their money!

Well done to George Pier who ran in the senior men’s race, finishing 62nd overall and 9th U20. He was the 5th Harrier to finish making him a counter in our 5th team place. George is definitely giving the senior men a run for their money. One to watch!

Position Name Cat Time
16 Chris Holdsworth M 34:07
21 Jonny McKenna M 34:27
39 Breton Holdsworth V40 35:53
51 Lee Smith M 35:50
62 George Pier U20 37:41
63 Dave Motley M 37:43
85 Ryan Belshaw M 38:43
89 Carl Helliwell M 38:49
92 Garry Wilkinson V50 38:58
98 Andrew Orr V40 39:18
99 Jon Hanson M 39:20
112 Alex Cran V40 39:55
117 Michael O’Donnell V40 40:04
121 Michael Hogan V40 40:09
122 Richard Briscoe M 40:10
150 David Naughton V50 41:51
160 John Wilcock V50 42:27
175 Peter Booth V60 43:13
198 Andy Quinn V40 44:31
210 Stephen White V50 45:25
211 Andrew Howarth V50 45:31
216 Dugald McCallum V60 45:50
229 David Scott V70 46:41
235 Darren Rushton V40 47:00
246 Martin Brady V50 48:20
272 Robert Hirst V60 52:11
273 Ted Orrell V70 52:16
Clayton Harriers

Garry Wilkinson – member of the senior, V40 and V50 teams.

Senior Men Team Results

Team A (C Holdsworth, J McKenna, B Holdsworth, L Smith, G Pier, D Motley) 5th Place
Team B – (R Belshaw, C Helliwell, G Wilkinson, A Orr, J Hanson, A Cran) 11th Place

Vet 40 Team Results
Team A – (B Holdsworth, G Wilkinson, A Orr, A Cran) 3rd Place
Team B – (M O’Donnell, M Hogan, D Naughton, J Wilcock) 12th Place

 Vet 50 Team Results
Team A – (G Wilkinson, D Naughton, J Wilcock) 3rd Place
Team B – (P Booth, Stephen White, A Howarth) 13th Place

 Vet 60 Team Results
(P Booth, D McCallum, D Scott) 1st place

Full Results

Garstang 10K – 11th January

Well done Stephen Biscomb who came 90th in a field of 475 runners with a time of 00:42:36.

Full Results

Fell Race Results

Firbank Fell – Sunday, 11th January

Ladies fell captain, Jean Brown, Carol and Alan Life and Stephen Fish all took part in the senior KWL Firbank Fell race   It is described as a fast cross-country/fell course that contains a surprising amount of climbing and as the seniors have 2 laps there are 6 streams to cross.  The course can be quite exposed in poor weather. “The weather was very cold wet and windy and we had our cags on most of the time”, said Jean.  Her son, Christopher Brown took part in the junior race.

Position Name Cat Time
27 Alan Life MV50 25:20
73 Jean Brown LV40 29:15
97 Carol Life LV40 32:03
122 Stephen Fish MV60 33:38

Christopher Brown finished in 34th place with a time of 7:14 in the under 12s race in a field of 73 runners. Well done!

Full results

The Trigger Race – Sunday 11th January

Also over the weekend was the Trigger race organised by Nicky Spinks. In the Trigger Race entrants navigate their way from Marsden over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder to Edale visiting three trigs points on route. The linear route is measured at 20 miles with 4500 feet climb.

198 runners that took part. It was a very successful race despite dire weather forecasts in the week leading up to the race. The altered course and the weather conditions – wet underfoot and a howling wind made for slower times overall.

Wendy Dodds took part finishing in 151st place in a time of 5:51:47

Full Results

Parkrun Roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 139 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
2 Jonathan PYE 00:19:06
3 Jacob WATSON 00:19:13
8 Stephen AINSWORTH 00:21:44
25 Martin BRADY 00:24:27
49 Donna SCOTT 00:26:46
71 Annabel WILCOCK 00:27:33
73 John WILCOCK 00:27:39

 Keswick parkrun – total of 77 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
56 Eileen JONES 00:31:04

Pendle parkrun – A total of 30 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
3 John HARTLEY 00:22:52
26 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 00:32:26

Coming up

Northern Athletics 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays Championships

The date and location of the Mens 12 stage and Womens 6 stage Northern Relays have been released, 28th March at Sefton Park in Liverpool – Clayton Harriers are looking to enter teams into this event and improve on last years position.

If ANY able bodied male or female runners would like the opportunity to represent their club please contact Tom Brewster (mens) or Angela Shian (womens) to register your interest.

Club Membership Renewals

Subscriptions for 2015 became due on January 1st 2015 and renewal forms have been sent to members during December. Please take some time to check your personal details and advise any changes to the Membership Secretary.

If you do not currently pay your subscription by standing order please consider joining the many members who already do. A standing order form is attached to the renewal form.

More details and payment information

President’s Social Run – Saturday 17th January

After running from Blacko Chapel for 23 years, sadly it is now up for sale, so
this year I will try a run from our house. We can probably cope with the usual
number.  Usually very muddy with lots of stiles!

2.00pm – 47 Stone Edge Road, Higherford, BB9 6BB.

PFO Orienteering- 17th January

Need to improve your navigation skills? Why not have a go on one of the orienteering courses organised by Pendle Forest Orienteers at Gawthorpe Hall this Saturday


And finally…

Good luck to all of our club members who are taking part in the Hebden, the Stanbury Splash, the East Lancs Hospice 10k, or KWL Giggleswick fell race.  Have a great run and don’t forget to tell us how it went.

Fell captain, Dave Motley will be guest editing the next weekly roundup.

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Adrienne Olszewska