March comes in like a lion

ByAdrienne Olszewska

March comes in like a lion

Well, it’s March already. The first lambs are in the field, daffodils are sprouting, and spring is on the way. This week you have been on the roads, the trails, the fells, cross country courses as well as orienteering, adventure racing and awards ceremonies!

Pendle Primary Schools Cross Country Championship – 26th February

The Pendle Primary Schools Cross Country Championship for Year 5/6 pupils – took place at Alkincoats on February 26th.  Clayton Junior member, Grace  Root, came 9th. Well done Grace!

Red Rose Cross Country League Presentation Night

Clayton Juniors

Clayton Juniors at the Red Rose Cross Country League Presentation Night

Congratulations to our brilliant juniors who received awards at the Red Rose Cross Country League Presentation Night.  Jackson McKay took away a huge trophy that was well deserved for an excellent cross country season!

Clayton Juniors

Jackson McKay with his trophy.

Stanley Park 10K – 28th February

In much better conditions than last weeks Great North West Half Marathon, six of our club members  travelled over to Blackpool to take part in this race on Saturday and there were some great performances. Junior runner, Jordan McDonald, finished in 6th place overall in a great time of 37:39 closely followed by fellow junior runner, George Pier who finished in 10th place overall in a time of 38:49.

Stanley Park 10K

Jordan McDonald at the Stanley Park 10K. Picture by Christopher Holdsworth

Chasing the two juniors, Jon Hanson came in 11th place just a few seconds behind George.  He said; “The race was great. Well organized and a good conditions for running. Will be running it again later in the year for hopefully another PB. Jordan and George had a fantastic run”

Jason Pier and our sole lady runner, Sarah Angelone, also grabbed new PBs so well done to them.

Stanley Park 10k

Sarah Angelone at the Stanley Park 10K

Sarah said, “Great event….fantastic marshal as we came back to the track cheering and high fiving all the runners. Got a bit side tracked watching the ducks on the pond in parts so time dropped off but then remembered John’s ‘have a word’ comment and got back in the zone!” Adam Hamer returns to racing after a break to travel down under and finished a shade over the hour mark.  Well done everyone!

Pos Name Category Time
6 Jordan McDonald M 00:37:39
10 George Pier M 00:38:49
11 Jon Hanson M 00:38:59
54 Jason Pier MV45 00:44:34
79 Sarah Angelone F 00:46:50
269 Adam Hamer M 01:04:11

 Full Results

Midgley Moor Fell Race – 28th February

This race is described as a challenging race involving route choice on paths and heather moor. It is a 5 mile race with 1250ft of climbing.

Five Clayton ladies and one gent took part among 191 runners. Back after injury, Nat Harrison reported; “It was hard, Great turn out. Tough underfoot, lots of bushes, heather, bracken whatever you call it! Good weather, great cake, fab company.” 

Midgley Moor Fell Race

Nat Harrison at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by

Despite this report, Nat went on to be second counter in the womens team who were place equal third with Saddleworth Harriers and Wharfedale Harriers. Vicky Heys, first Clayton Harrier finisher, agreed that it was hard underfoot but with a great atmosphere and company cheers.

Midgley Moor Fell Race

Vicky Heys at the Midgley Moor Fell Race. Photo by

Irene Roche reported; “Yes, this oap was trailing behind the young Clayton fillies,but apart from queues at a couple of stiles early on, a good challenging course with a bit of everything. One male only from Clayton, Bob Hirst.”

Pos Name Category Time
113 Vicky Heys FV40 00:58:18
124 Natalie Harrison F 00:59:02
137 Irene Roche FV50 01:00:48
147 Linda Lord FV60 01:02:35
148 Angela Shian F 01:02:38
167 Robert Hirst MV60 01:07:53

Full Results

PFO Orienteering Spring Series – Nick of Pendle – 28th February

The Nick O’Pendle is characterised by wide open vistas and lots of contours, so when the weather held and the cloud lifted, fast winning times were guaranteed.  The courses through the wide open spaces were a mix of easy lines and invisible pin points.  Most relished the physical challenge and enjoyed the day.

Mark Nutter and Colin Woolford both took part in the technical Brown course.  Mark finished in 6th place in a time of 108:29:00 and Colin came in 9th place in a time of 144:40:00. Colin Woolford reported good conditions, but tough going seeing Pendle from some very different angles. Out again the following day, Colin also took part in the Haglofs Open5 adventure race in the Yorkshire Dales.

Junior Member Christopher Brown finished in 1st place in the yellow event in a time of 18:42 and then went on to take part in the Orange event as well.

Full Results

High Cup Fell Race 2015 – 28th February

This is a 9.3 mile fell race with 1509ft of climbing. No results as yet and not known if any of our members took part. I have a suspicion that some of you did, I just haven’t tracked you down yet!  Will update when I find anything out.

Trotters 5

Clayton Vet Ron Chappell was our sole representative at this 5 mile trail race organised by Burnden Road Runners.

Trotters 5 Trail Race

Ron Chappell at the Trotters 5 Trail Race. Photo by Michelle Navesey

Full Results

Harden Trail Race – 1st March

The Harden Trail Race is described as a 6 mile race through the beautiful woods and undulating trails of Bingley St Ives estate.  The Junior race is a  2mile shorter option for any age.

Julie Toman was our sole representative in the senior race. She said, “It was a tough 6 mile trail race, definitely one to put in your diary. Loved it and the homemade cakes after! Lots of prizes too. A great event!”  Managing to avoid a full body mudslide in this event, Julie was awarded the ‘brightest head gear’ special prize!

Harden Trail Race 2015

Julie Toman at the Harden Trail Race with the prizewinning headgear! Photo by the

Juniors Curtis and Briony Holt took part in the junior 2 mile race and were 1st boy and 1st girl. Well done the two of you.  Briony said, “It was a hard course but a good one for the younger age group. There were ‘special prizes’ at the end as well as overall winners prizes. It was boggy underfoot with a few ditches now and again but overall it was an interesting course.”

Clayton Juniors

Team Holt. Curtis and Briony Holt winners at the Harden Trail Race. Photo by


Haweswater Half Marathon – 1st March

The Haweswater Half follows an out and back course from Bampton Village (9 miles S of Penrith, 4 miles W of Shap) and passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley. The hilly course offers an exhilarating run in unique surroundings.

Tanya Bunkham was waving the Clayton flag as our sole competitor in this event. She finished in a time of 01:54 and reported conditions as very hilly and windy, tough going.

Full Results

Stanley Park 10k  Day 2 – 1st March

Three club members took part in the second 10k of the weekend at Stanley Park in Blackpool.  295 runners took part in the second event of the weekend. There were strong performances for all three.  A top twenty finish for Matthew Duckworth and first age category finishes for Stephen Biscombe and Alan Clarkson.  Well done all of you!

Pos Name Category Time
19 Matthew Duckworth M 00:40:06
31 Stephen Biscombe V60 00:42:10
37 Alan Clarkson V55 00:43:09

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Well done to all of our parkrunners. You’ve been out and about in a range of locations. Nine of our juniors took part in the Burnley event this weekend so well done to all of them, especially  Thomas Bradley for his 10th place finish and Liberty Thompson for a new PB. Jonathon Pye and Jacob Watson both finished strongly in the top ten as usual and Colin Shuttleworth and John Hartley both had top five finishes at Thetford and Pendle parkruns.

Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill – A total of 254 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
96 Katy THOMPSON 00:24:32
101 George THOMPSON 00:24:39

Worsley Woods parkrun – A total of 131 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
25 Nerina GILL 00:25:25

Burnley parkrun – A total of 212 runners took part

Position parkrunner Run Time
5 Jonathan PYE 00:18:05
6 Jacob WATSON 00:18:08
10 Thomas BRADLEY 00:20:44
14 Sean CLARE 00:21:07
15 Matthew DUCKWORTH 00:21:14
23 Alan CLARKSON 00:21:56
26 Stephen WHITE 00:22:31
36 Martin BRADY 00:23:14
37 Dexta THOMPSON 00:23:16
42 David Ian SCOTT 00:23:31
64 Adam STEVENSON 00:25:14
75 Donna SCOTT 00:26:05
81 Lee MOORE 00:26:24
84 John WILCOCK 00:26:30
83 Annabel WILCOCK 00:26:30
88 Nick ROSCOE 00:26:33
92 Liberty THOMPSON 00:26:40
99 Jackie KERSHAW 00:27:03
104 Ron CHAPPELL 00:27:16
112 Sophie ASHWORTH 00:27:52
120 Stuart BARKER 00:28:56
133 Diane ORRELL 00:29:35
152 Nicola KAY 00:30:47
172 Kady THOMPSON 00:33:42
179 Milly MACCABE 00:35:17
205 Kathleen GARNETT 00:39:07

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 86 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
85 Robin PRICE 00:39:46

Thetford parkrun – A total of 212 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
3 Colin SHUTTLEWORTH 00:19:07

Pendle parkrun – A total of 51 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
4 John HARTLEY 00:21:22
37 Molly HESKETH 00:31:36
41 James BALDWIN 00:32:19
45 Christine LEATHLEY 00:33:57

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 120 runners took part.

Position parkrunner Run Time
76 Eileen JONES 00:31:47

Coming up

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round 7th March. Pre-entries now taken up to 5pm on 5th March and EOD available. If any club members want to volunteer, you can contact Mike Eddleston on 07951 424780 or use contact form.

Summer Series 2015. The Summer Series consists of six Tuesday evening races for members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers and Trawden AC only. In addition to the usual prizes, in each race prizes are given for the closest pre-race predicted time to the actual time. No watches allowed during each race! A runner’s best four races count for overall series prizes. Full Details

Presentation Night. Tickets are going fast, over 70 tickets sold already, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend the ultimate awards ceremony of the year! James Hickey will be at JR’s training on Tuesday selling tickets or  you can contact Marie Greenwood to buy a ticket.

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Adrienne Olszewska