The darling buds of May

ByAdrienne Olszewska

The darling buds of May

Spring is sprung, and our members are competing and being selected for a wide range of national and regional competition.  This week you have been road running, track running, trail running, and scaling the fells with wins and PBs breaking out all over the place.

Avenham Park 5k – 4 May

Despite it being a bank holiday, the weather was surprisingly good as 388 runners lined up to take part in the Avenham Park 5k on a course that promised fast times.

Avenham Park 5k

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers at Avenham Park 5k. Photo by Jane Pier

Danny Collinge reports:

It was a really good race all round. Everyone gave it their all and there were new PBs for George Pier and Bryan Searby. Overall a cracking result for the team with me finishing in the top 5, then Jordan and George both in the top 20. Every single one of us had great support from all the Clayton supporters that were there. It was a great race – I loved it!

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Danny Collinge M 00:17:03
11 Jordan McDonald M 00:18:18
13 George Pier M 00:18:20
54 Jason Pier MV45 00:21:15
68 Martin Brady M 00:21:55
89 Bryan Searby MV40 00:22:58
92 Ryan Clarke M 00:23:07
177 Jackie Kershaw FV40 00:27:12
233 Marion Wilkinson FV70 00:29:35

Full Results

Wray Scarecrow Fell Race – 5 May

A trio of members took part in this Bank Holiday fell race that marks the close of the Wray Village Scarecrow festival.

Pos Name Cat Time
20 Alan Life M50 00:52:02
93 Linda Lord F60 01:06:17
137 John Francis M70 01:29:05

Full Results

Astley Park Trail Series – 6 May

The Astley Trail Series of races for seniors and juniors, are set in the picturesque grounds of Astley Hall in Chorley and take pace on the first Wednesday of every month from May to August. Both races have proven to be very popular, drawing runners from all over the North West of England.

Junior Race

Clayton Juniors

Junior members at the Astley Park Trail series. Photo by Nicola Thompson

This series is always popular and this year is no exception, there was a record number of entries which meant that the organisers ran out of Mars Bars! 12 of our junior members took part in the first race of the series.

Astley Park Trail Race

First girl and boy, Briony and Curtis Holt at Astley Park. Photo by Michelle Abbot

Curtis Holt was the first finisher, completing the course in 5:15 and Briony Holt was first girl, 10th place overall. Jenson Bentham was first finisher in his age category. All of our juniors ran well so very well done to all of you!

131 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Curtis Holt U17 5:15
10 Briony Holt L15 5:43
11 Jackson McKay U13 5:45
23 Dexta Thompson U11 6:04
44 Lennon Jackson U13 6:36
45 Jenson Bentham U9 6:37
47 Liberty Thompson L13 6:39
58 Sophie Ashworth L13 6:57
88 Heidi Kewin L13 7:47
66 Kady Thompson L9 8:51
67 Felix Thompson U7 8:53
124 Milly Maccabe L9 9:21

Senior Race

Jonathan Pye at the Astley Park Trail Race.

Jonathan Pye at the Astley Park Trail Race.

Jonathon Pye was the sole Clayton representative and he reported;

“ Very happy with a 7th place finish at Astley Park trail race tonight. 4.6 miles done in 26.55. Congratulations to Curtis for winning the junior race and all the other juniors for a strong showing! Happy days!”

The next race takes place on Wednesday 3rd June and is one of the Junior’s summer race series so there should be an even bigger turn out for that one!.

Full Results

Foe Edge Fell Race – 6 May

A trio of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this local 6.6km/300m climb fell race organised by Rossendale Harriers.  The race started from Cowpe Village Hall nr Waterfoot in Rossendale. 45 runners took part.  Jacob Boyle was the first Clayton Harrier in finishing in 3rd place overall with Lee Smith following on in 6th place.  Stephen Fish was 39th.  Well done guys!

3 Jacob Boyle MU23 00:35:33
6 Lee Smith MSEN 00:36:56
39 Stephen Fish MV60 00:53:12

Full Results

Lothersdale Fell Race – 6 May

64 runners including 4 Clayton Harriers took part in this race organised by Keighley and Craven AC.

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Richard Briscoe M 00:29:35
35 Nigel Weaver M50 00:33:49
39 Stephen Bury M55 00:36:10
53 Robert Hirst M60 00:41:22

Full Results

Pinhaw Moor – 8 May

There was an impressive turnout of 38 Clayton Harriers out braving inclement weather to take part in the second race of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Series. This race is a 5 mile trail race organised by Barlick Fell Runners.

Report by Michelle Butschok
Thoroughly enjoyed the Pin Haw Trail race. Yes it was wet, windy and boggy in places…but you know what, I did it with a smile on my face, even when I fell on it in the mud!! First fall and didn’t dampen my spirits. Thanks to all the marshalls for their encouragement and for being there in those conditions.

Clayton Ladies

Post race selfie sheltering from the weather! L-R Leanne Cottam, Joanne Bennett and Sarah Angelone

Report from Dave Burnett
Horrible conditions tonight but really enjoyed it, apart from my Helen nearly beating me to the trig and my subsequent traditional running vomit. Had a laugh at myself on the way down though, as whilst I was trying to keep ahead of the runner hot on my heals I turned and realised the heavy breathing I could hear was in fact myself echoing off the dry stone walls. Ha! Ha!

Jonathon Pye added; “Dave was right – horrible conditions but enjoyable, running in road shoes which needed a viking burial afterwards.”

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Jordan McDonald MU18 00:33:34
12 Andrew Stubbs M45 00:35:25
14 Russ Clarke MSEN 00:36:14
17 Paul Hesketh M50 00:36:52
18 Carl Helliwell MSEN 00:36:55
22 Jonathan Pye MSEN 00:37:31
25 Richard Briscoe MSEN 00:38:06
27 John Roche M55 00:38:43
31 Chris Funnell M45 00:38:43
33 Michael O’Donnell M40 00:38:59
35 Jon Hanson MSEN 00:39:27
36 David Naughton M55 00:39:33
38 Alex Braysford M40 00:39:41
47 Sean Clare M50 00:40:42
49 Stephen Ainsworth M55 00:40:45
54 Jeffrey Pickup M60 00:41:41
60 Gary Balmer M45 00:42:08
64 Neil Garnett M50 00:42:43
72 Andy Quinn M40 00:43:43
73 Darren Rushton M45 00:43:56
80 Stephen White M60 00:45:02
87 David Burnett M50 00:46:43
89 Irene Roche W55 00:46:48
90 Martin Griffin M50 00:46:56
94 Helen Burnett W40 00:47:46
102 Jean Knightley W55 00:49:15
106 Andrew Taylor M55 00:50:02
110 Joanne Bennett W45 00:50:19
112 David Ian Scott M70 00:50:36
117 Rachel Todd W40 00:51:25
118 Julia Anne Rushton W50 00:51:38
122 Sarah Angelone WSEN 00:52:26
127 Leanne Cottam W35 00:53:50
132 Joanne Motley WSEN 00:55:33
135 Michelle Butschok W40 00:56:53
136 Karin Goss W65 00:58:04
138 Stuart Barker M45 00:59:10

 Full Results

 Lakeland Trails Series – Stavely 9 May

Congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth on his win at the Lakeland Trails Staveley race. He produced some great running in muddy conditions and it looks like he will also be the series winner as well.  Breton Holdsworth was 4th over all and first vet.

Christopher Holdsworth Reports

Christopher Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth at Lakeland Trails Staveley Race. Photo by Lakeland Trails

All I can say about the Lakeland Trails Spring Series of racing is – if you’ve fallen out of love with running, then get yourself signed up to those races… The atmosphere, the organisation, the trails and the scenery make it more than just running another race. They are phenomenal.

Brett Holdsworth

Breton Holdsworth at the Lakeland Trails Staveley Race. Photo by Lakeland Trails

As for Staveley, it was my favourite of the three – and possibly my best performance of the lot, completing 11.2 miles in just under 1:10 exactly. Breton also had another excellent run, coming in 4th which he consistently achieved in all three races. Will certainly be back again to compete for the Spring Series crown once again next year!

Full Results

Stretton Six Summits – 9 May

Stretton Six Summits is the second race in the English Fell Championships.

Fell Championships

L-R Garry Wilkinson, Dave Bagot, Paul Shackleton, Vicky Heys, Angela Shian, and Ryan Wilkinson at the English Fell Championships. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

Mens Report from Paul Shackleton

Around 15 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in the English Championship fell race at Church Stretton. With 3000 feet of ascent in only 6 miles,  it was no wonder that one of our members described the route as “the toughest 6 miles he’d raced in 30 years of running”. The route took in six summits around the Long Mynd with steep climbs, steep descents and some fast running in the valleys to break it up.

Paul Shackleton

Paul Shackleton at the Six Summits British Championship Race. Photo by Colin Williamson

The race was won by Tom Addison and Annie Conway was first woman. Some excellent performances from Clayton runners with Alan Life, Garry Wilkinson and Ryan Wilkinson all getting in the first 100 (Alan and Garry 7th and 9th V50) Kieran Carr was 1st V70 and. Wendy Dodds and Jean Brown were 2nd and 4th in their respective categories.

Ladies Report by Katy Thompson

Five Clayton ladies made the trip down to Church Stretton for this, the second English Championship race. 6.3m and 3250 ft of climb over six summits: it was never going to be easy. I’ve done enough races around the Long Mynd to know how steep the ascents and descents are.

After my usual slow start up the steep road and onto the fell there weren’t many runners behind me on the first summit but I gradually gained on those ahead on the contour round to Yearlet. As I slithered down the steep descent I wished I had gone ahead and bought those new shoes before the race instead of just thinking about it. The steep climb up and over Grindle was well marked through the heather; then there was a lovely run down Callow Hollow – a bit frustrating though if you wanted to pass anyone. As we climbed Callow I was gradually passing other runners, and on the contour round to Nills I caught Angela. But she wasn’t going to let me have it all my own way, and I had to chase her up the hill and down to the footbridge in Ashes Hollow. As we set off on the climb to the final summit I was aware that she wasn’t far behind. My legs were protesting loudly, but they gradually got into uphill mode again, then it was a lovely downhill, gentle at first then getting steeper as we dropped down to the finish, with a final short pull up before the downhill into the finish.

Katy Thompson

Katy Thompson at the Six Summits British Championship Race. Photo by Colin Williamson

Jean was our first finisher, 31st in a field of 79 ladies, and 12th LV40. Wendy was 2nd LV60. Vicky was third finisher making us joint 4th Lady Vet team.

81 Alan Life M50 01:14:44
92 Garry Wilkinson M50 01:15:45
98 Ryan Wilkinson SM 01:16:31
138 David Bagot SM 01:20:02
180 Kieran Carr M70 (1st) 01:26:02
185 Paul Shackleton M50 01:26:47
187 Jean Brown L45 01:27:07
207 Peter Browning M55 01:31:02
214 Wendy Dodds L60 (2nd ) 01:32:06
240 Vicky Heys L40 01:36:17
280 Andrew Firth M55 01:42:38
282 Katy Thompson L60 01:43:46
286 Angela Shian SL 01:44:19
298 Stephen Fish M60 01:48:02

Full Results

Morrisons’ Great Manchester 10k – 10 May

Well done to our Great Manchester 10k runners!  Jacob Watson ran up a storm finishing in 90th place with a time of 36:16 and an appearance on the TV coverage to boot! And there were PBs galore for our runners too. Legendary Ron Hill was also among the thousands running on the day.

Team Clayton

L-R Amanda Duffy, Richard Briscoe, Elouise Pemberton, Jacob Watson, Lee Moore. Bryan Searby photobombing at the back! Photo by Michelle Searby

Report from Jacob Watson

Nearly £40 for a 10k? Now I wouldn’t say I’m tight-fisted but that seems quite steep I remember thinking while entering my card details onto the Great Manchester Run website. I’m sure Towneley 10k was about a fiver!

This was the second time I’d run this race and, like most people lined up at the start, I was looking for a PB. The atmosphere was awesome, I was feeling confident, and my aim was to start comfortably and finish strong. The buzz of the event kept me on pace through miles 1-4, however, by the fifth mile I started flagging. The bands kept me going as did the crowd (hearing “Come on Clayton!” never fails to lift my spirits), and I managed to hold it together, knocking 4 minutes off last year’s time.

So was the asking price of £3.80 for each kilometre worth it? I don’t think I’d be racing much if every race cost this much, but as an experience; yes. One for the race calendar next year (and the year after!).

TV pic

Jacob Watson’s TV finish!

Report by Lee Moore

Arrived at Manchester early and the atmosphere was already building up. We got into postion in the orange wave and, after chatting to fellow runners and the group warm up, we were off. I got to pass my beloved Old Trafford on the course and really enjoyed the cold showers en route! Overall an excellent day and managed to post my best 10k time this year.

Report by Elouise Pemberton

The morning of the race I was filled with excitement and nerves, this being the first time I had taken part in an event as big as this. I had no idea what to expect and I was stunned by the sheer amount of people taking part.

We were greeted by the compere, welcoming the Clayton team with pride.  The atmosphere was buzzing, the course was enjoyable and the live music and spectators really helped you to keep up the pace.

Well all got PBs.  I will be signing up again for next year.

Pos Name Time
90 Jacob Watson 00:36:16
271 Richard Briscoe 00:39:08
1006 Fabienne Richmond 00:43:31
2535 Edward Milne 00:47:07
3171 Amanda Duffy 00:48:11
4530 Lynsey Birtwistle 00:50:12
6482 Lee Moore 00:52:51
6966 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton 00:53:29
9127 Ron Hill 00:55:49
16117 Nicola Kay 01:04:02

Blacksticks Blue 10k – 10 May

This low key 10k road race starts and finishes at Whitechapel Village Hall and offers stunning views overlooking the Bowland Fells.  Bianca Bennet and Robert Hirst took part.

Bianca Bennett Reports;

Blacksticks Blue 10k was the complete contrast of Manchester 10k today. 128m total ascent compared to the flat 30m total ascent of Manchester. 190 participants at Blacksticks to the many thousands that took part at Manchester. Then there was the scenic route of woodlands and fields to the busy city life; the list could go on…but they did have one thing in common a supportive crowd! It was amazing to have people really root for the runners. The runners of Blacksticks really supported one another too and even though we ran for different clubs there was a real sense of community.

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Matthew Duckworth M 40:23
44 Stephen Biscomb MV60 44:52
67 Alan Clarkson MV55 47:50
76 Brian Wildman MV45 49:27
113 Bianca Bennett F 53:30
116 Robert Hirst MV60 54:10

Awaiting Results

Blackpool Beach 10k – 10 May

The organisers describe this 10k as a gruelling, yet fun event on Blackpool Beach between South Shore and St Annes Pier. Run mainly on wet compacted sand, shortly after high tide, this event is great for runners of all abilities

Two of our members took part; Alex Braysford and Kevin O’Brien, both of them finishing first in their respective age categories.  Well done chaps!

Poss Name Cat Time
10 Alex Braysford MV40 41:22
82 Kevin O’Brien MV70 59:05

Full Results 

parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun

John and Annabel Wilcock at Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

As always, lots of our members were out running in various parkrunevents. Some for fun, some as a warm up for other events over the weekend.  Lots of great runs and finishes from Team Clayton and a handful of new PBs as well.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 196 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
3 Jonathan PYE 18:22 SM25-29
4 Richard STEVENSON 18:44 VM35-39
7 Laura HESKETH 19:46 SW30-34
8 Chris SNELL 19:53 VM35-39 New PB!
10 Jon HANSON 20:04 VM35-39
14 Simon WILSHAW 21:04 JM15-17 New PB!
20 Gordon BARRETT 21:54 VM50-54
21 Millie STUBBS 22:28 JW11-14 New PB!
26 Lennon JACKSON 22:46 JM11-14
43 Nathan KEWIN 24:31 JM10
64 Bryan SEARBY 25:36 VM40-44
75 Annabel WILCOCK 26:03 JW11-14
76 John WILCOCK 26:08 VM50-54
77 Donna SCOTT 26:10 VW45-49
78 Robert HIRST 26:11 VM60-64
82 Heidi KEWIN 26:23 JW11-14 New PB!
98 Yvonne WICKHAM 27:46 VW50-54
100 Sophie ASHWORTH 27:49 JW11-14
110 Julie TOMAN 28:18 VW45-49
158 Judith CAREY 33:53 VW35-39
165 Milly MACCABE 35:13 JW10
178 Andrew WEBSTER 38:17 VM45-49

Pendle parkrun – A total of 48 runners took part.

Pendle parkrun celebrated its first anniversary this weekend.  Not only were they celebrating with a fancy dress, they were also revealing the brand new route for this event.

Pendle parkrun

Peter Booth enjoying the new route at Pendle parkrun. Photo by Pendle parkrun

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
1 Paul HESKETH 20:30 VM50-54
4 John HARTLEY 21:33 VM55-59
5 Susan BURNS 22:02 VW55-59
8 Pete BOOTH 22:26 VM60-64
39 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 32:25 VW65-69
41 Christine LEATHLEY 33:54 VW65-69

Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill – A total of 256 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
210 Eileen JONES 29:51 VW60-64 New PB!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
75 Robin PRICE 37:58 VM70-74

Skipton parkrun – A total of 98 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
20 Barry MITCHELL 23:08 VM65-69 New PB!

St Helens parkrun – A total of 164 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
54 George THOMPSON 25:25 VM65-69 First Timer!

Great news for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers

Our talented young Harriers continue to enjoy success and the following members have been selected to represent Lancashire in the British Inter Counties Fell Running Championships in Betws-y-Coed North Wales. Chris Holdsworth, Jacob Boyle, Danny Collinge, Jordan McDonald, Curtis Holt, Ryan Clarke, and Alice Pier. The Championships take place on Saturday 16th May.

Congratulations and the best of luck to all of you. We know you will do us all proud!

Upcoming team events

Good luck to all our athletes running in the British Masters Road Relays, Calderdale Way Relays and the British Inter Counties Fell Championships! Go get ’em Team Clayton

Weekend of Running

If you aren’t jetting off to sunnier climes over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, why not come along to our fabulous weekend of running.  There’s road and fell on offer and a bit of a do in the Pendle Inn at Barley afterwards. It’s going to be a great weekend of running and socialising. Go on, you know you want to!

Weekend of Running flyer

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers – Weekend of Running

About the author

Adrienne Olszewska