To me, to you

ByAdrienne Olszewska

To me, to you

Teamwork was most definitely the theme this week with absolutely loads of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers taking part in relays on the fells and the British Masters Road Relays. We’ve also been representing the county at the FRA Inter County Championships and setting the odd course record.

Mearley Clough Fell Race – 12 May

Mearley Clough Fell Race is a fast and furious local classic with 1200ft of ascent. The race starts and finishes at the Calf’s Head pub in Worston. 24 Clayton Harriers took part in this midweek race. Alan Life was the first man home in 35:07 and 13th place overall. Vicky Heys was our first lady with a time of 43:54 and 75th place overall. Dugald McCallum was first V60.

Mearley Clough

Mearley Clough Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Alan Life V50 35:07
29 Andrew Orr V40 38:26
35 Richard Briscoe M 38:49
37 Ivan Wigham V50 39:03
38 Chris Whiteoak M 39:16
39 Dave Naughton V50 39:32
62 Mark Nutter V50 42:19
63 Sean Clare V50 42:22
65 Dugald McCallum V60 42:29
67 Keith Thompson V60 42:36
68 Peter Browning V50 42:37
75 Vicky Heys FV40 43:54
76 Geoff Smith V40 43:58
77 Darren Rushton V40 44:12
81 Rick Moore V50 45:01
83 David Naylor V50 45:39
87 Angela Shian F 46:21
88 Andrew Firth V50 46:24
89 Colin Woolford M 46:27
93 Stephen Bury V50 46:57
103 Carol Life FV40 50:20
104 Susan Clark FV40 50:39
109 Robin Nicholson V40 51:41
111 George Thompson V60 53:11

Full Results

Wholan Nook Trail Race – 13 May 

Another fantastic turnout for this midweek race, the third in the Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix series for 2015. 57 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in a field of 150 – that’s a third of all the people running! The weather conditions were near perfect, with plenty of sunshine, a pleasant temperature and not too much wind.

Wholan Nook Trail Race

Danny Collinge leading the way at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Running in his first trail race, Danny Collinge was at the front of the pack for much of the race battling with Barlick Fell Runners’ Thomas Corrigan, but finally finishing in second place. Jordan McDonald also had an excellent race finishing in fourth place. Andrew Stubbs completed our hat trick of top ten finishers. Kevin Davies was first V55 and David Scott and Ted Orrell were the first V70 and V75 respectively.

Wholan Nook Trail Race

Clayton Ladies, Bianca Bennett, Leanne Cottam and Lysnsey Birtwistle at the Wholan Nook Trail Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Claire Vincent was the first Clayton Lady and second lady overall in the race. Alice Pier was the only junior female and put in a great performance finishing as 7th lady in the race. Irene Roche and Jean Knightley were first and second F55 and Karin Goss was first F65.

Pos Name    Cat Time
2 Danny Collinge M 32:02
4 Jordon Mcdonald MJ 32:43
7 Andrew Stubbs M45 33:28
11 Russ Clarke M 34:03
14 Richard Stevenson M 34:15
15 Jonathan Pye M 34:36
18 George Pier M 34:47
19 Kevin Davies M55 34:49
22 Paul Hesketh M50 35:01
23 Carl Helliwell M 35:13
24 Matthew Duckworth M 35:42
26 Michael O Donnell M40 35:55
29 Richard Briscoe M 36:42
32 Nick Roscoe M45 37:26
34 Chris Funnell M45 37:39
38 Chris Snell M 37:52
40 Stephen Ainsworth M55 38:03
43 Jon Hanson M 38:24
48 Andy Bradley M45 38:46
49 John Wilcock M50 38:51
51 Claire Vincent F 38:55
52 Jeffery Pickup M60 39:08
55 Gary Balmer M40 39:02
63 Stephen Biscombe M60 40:03
65 Andrew Webster M45 40:19
68 Ryan Clarke MJ 40:39
72 Stephen White M60 40:51
74 Andy Quinn M40 41:06
75 Alice Pier FJ 41:17
76 Sean Clare M50 41:24
82 Irene Roche F55 41:55
85 Jason Pier M45 42:32
90 Andrew Howarth M55 43:07
91 Stuart Proctor M 43:09
93 Martin Griffin M50 43:32
97 David Scott M70 43:05
99 Richard John M 44:00
100 Paul Wale M45 44:33
101 Lynsey Birtwistle F35 44:37
103 Elizabeth Mullan F 44:46
104 Jean Knightley F55 44:52
106 Joanne Bennett F45 44:59
107 Dawn Terry F50 45:02
108 Andrew Taylor M55 45:38
110 Sarah Angelone F 45:55
118 Biancia Bennett F 46:56
119 Rachel Todd F40 47:15
120 Martin O Rourke M50 47:19
124 Ted Orrell M75 47:59
128 Stephen Fish M60 48:26
131 Leanne Cottam F35 48:44
132 Robert Hirst M60 49:22
135 Joanne Motley F 50:02
139 Ron Chappell M65 51:01
140 Stuart Barker M45 51:16
143 Michelle Butschok F40 52:08
146 Karin Goss F65 54:54

Wholan Nook Trail Race Results    

John Carr 5k Series Race 2 – 13 May

The John Carr Series consists of three 5k races held on Wednesdays during May (6th, 13th and 20th in 2015) in memory of a former member of the Saltaire Striders running club who tragically died aged 30.

The races are based at Esholt Sports & Social Club in Esholt near Bradford and start at 7.30pm. Please note there is a 10 minute jog to the start from the race HQ.The course is held mainly on private roads through the Yorkshire Water estate but finishing on the quiet mainly traffic free roads of the village. It is a fairly flat, fast course.

Jonny McKenna and Laura Hesketh have been representing the club in this super fast series of races.

Pos Name Cat Time
8 Jonny McKenna M 16:07
85 Laura Hesketh F 19:06

Full Results

The Ian Casey 5K at Cowm Reservoir – 14 May

Report from Richard Lawson

Ian Casey collapsed and died in a marathon after 15 miles in around 2010. He was a member of Royton Road Runners and this is why 67 of them turned up for this fast 5K. Four of us went and Bob Hirst ran near his PB to record 25:44.  Jack McGuire managed a sub 30, Richard failed by a long way to win the M70s but wife Val did a post hip op PB of 33:47, but was still 2nd W70. These races have a good atmosphere and raise a 5-figure sum for charity each year

Full Results

Old County Tops – 16 May 2015

Congratulations to Ladies Fell Captain Jean Brown and Nicky Spinks for 1st Ladies in the Old County Tops in a new ladies record of 8.28.06. Excellent performance!

Jean reports;

The Old County Tops is described on the organisers website as ‘a 37 mile/10,000ft event (distance and climb dependant on whether you go the right or wrong way).  The Race starts in Great Langdale and takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston after which the competitors are fed and watered.’

It is run in pairs – which adds a different element to the race!  I have done it three times before and it is one of my favourites.  This year for the first time I had a female partner -Nicky Spinks. Nicky is nationally renowned for her long distance challenge records, but was planning on supporting leg one of a Bob Graham round at midnight the night before so I hoped she would be slowed to my pace!  We worked well as a team, each with our strengths – Nicky tweaked her ankle early on so I was faster down, and she was faster on the ascents.  It was tough on the tops with a strong cold wind – my face went numb in the wind on the way back from Coniston!  

We finished in 22nd overall in 8 hours 28 minutes. 1st ladies team and a new ladies course record which we were extremely pleased with.

Awaiting results

RA Inter Counties Championship – 16 May

A handful of our younger club members travelled down to Betwys-y-Coed in Wales to take part in the FRA Inter Counties Fell Running Championships – 16 May

Clayton juniors

L-R Ryan Clarke, Jordan McDonald and Curtis Holt. Clayton junior runners representing Lancashire at the FRA Inter Counties Championships. Photo by Jacci Clarke Mellor

Alice Pier ran in the Women’s Under 16 race, Curtis Holt and Ryan Clark ran in the Under 16 Mens race, Jordan McDonald ran in the Under 18 Mens race and Christopher Holdsworth ran in the Senior Men’s race.

FRA Inter-County Champs

Alice Pier running in the FRA Inter Counties Championships at Betws-y-Coed. Photo by Jane Pier

All of them ran well and were a credit to the club and the Lancashire county team. Most of them were counters in the team placings. Full Results

British Masters Road Relay Championships – 16 May

British masters

Team Clayton at the British Masters Road Relays . Photo by John Roche

Report by John Roche

A very early start of 7:00am saw around 40 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers making the journey to the British Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park – Sutton Coldfield – Birmingham.

John Roche 1

This is possibly the best road running relay in the calendar. Sutton Park is perfect for this type of event, set inside 2000 acres of beautiful parkland. The course is one lap and quite testing in places with nowhere to hide from spectators encouraging you to keep pushing through the pain barrier.

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers has great history of success at this event and this year would hopefully continue that trend.  This year we had the company of the tangerine army of ladies on tour with most of them attending for the first time and as you would expect the nerves were jangling all morning preparing for the start.

Ladies corrected


Silver Medallists L-R Christine Leathley, Karin Goss, Chris Egerton

BMAF Relays

Bronze Medallists L-R Jean Knightley, Katy Thompson and Irene Roche

mens corrected

It was another fantastic day for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that made the journey. The weather was sunny as usual …thanks ‘Shack’.  The return journey was a happy one with a few medals and some tremendous individual performances from; Karin Goss, Irene, Mark Aspy (Legend), Dave Naughton to name just a few.

Post race - smiling faces have returned

Post race – smiling faces have returned

The newbies also had a memorable day with many PB runs (Well done) and wearing our vest with pride in such a prestigious event. Personal thanks to all the last minute ‘stand in’ runners.

Garry Wilkinson… ‘Always a fantastic day and a chance to run the best of the best’. It’s only a short distance but with the adrenaline and pushing yourself to the limits, this is the hardest type of racing and you need to be mentally tough to succeed’ .

Full Results

Charlesworth Chase – 16 May

5.2 mile 1200 ft : BS From Craven Arms in Appletreewick to Simons Seat and back.

Robert Hirst was our sole representative in this fell race finishing in 77th place with a time of 1:08:49.

Full Results

Calderdale Way Relay – 17 May

Calderdale leg 1

Leg 1 Runners L-R Carl Helliwell, Dave Bagot, Chris Holdsworth, Jonny McKenna, Michael O’Donnell and Kieran Mitchell. Photo Adrienne Olszewska

88 teams of runners lined up to start the 2015 Calderdale Way Relay with Clayton-le-Moors Harriers fielding an impressive 4 teams (3 mens teams and a ladies team).  There were some brilliant runs across the teams.

Calderdale Relays

Team Clayton at the Calderdale Relays. John Wilcock, Nick Olszewska, Katy Thompson, Alison Dugdale, Sarah Whittaker ,Barbara Savage

A special mention must be made for the remarkable organisational and support skills of Mens’ Fell Captain, Dave Motley, who not only kept appearing at each leg to support his runners but went on to run our fastest Leg 5 with Ryan Wilkinson. I think he may have cloned himself to do it!


The Amazing Captain Motley, co-ordinating the Mens’ teams and still managing to run leg 5 at the Calderdale Relays.

Our Mens A Team were in third place in the first two legs but began to lose places after that.  Despite a set of fast legs the third place spot remained out of reach and their final position was 7th.


Handover at the start of Leg 2 with the Clayton-le-Moors A Team. Photo Adrienne Olszewska

POS TEAM Leg 1 Leg2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6
7 Team A Chris Holdsworth Lee Smith Jordan McDonald Paul Thompson Dave Motley Breton Holdsworth
Jonny McKenna Russell Clarke George Pier Andrew Stubbs Ryan Wilkinson Jacob Watson
1:14:56 (3) 1:04:03 (8) 0:48:21 (40) 1:14:55 (13) 0:59:58 (10) 1:12:29 (7)
1:14:56 (3) 2:18:59 (3) 3:07:20 (6) 4:22:15 (7) 5:22:13 (8) 6:34:42 (7)

Sean Clare and Dominic Carr awaiting the start of leg 3. Photo Adrienne Olszewska

An additional super vets team was fielded this year and after a decent start, they steadily pushed forward to finish in 13th place overall.

POS TEAM Leg 1 Leg2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6
13 Vets Team Michael O’Donnell Garry Wilkinson Dominic Carr Neil Hardiman John Roche Andy Armstrong
Kieron Mitchell Paul Hesketh Sean Clare Tim Edwards Mark Aspinall Kevin Davies
1:30:42 (29) 1:05:51 (11) 0:43:18 (22) 1:18:14 (22) 1:00:12 (12) 1:16:15 (11)
1:30:42 (29) 2:36:33 (21) 3:19:51 (21) 4:38:05 (17) 5:38:17 (16) 6:54:32 (13)
Relay team b

Alan Life and Jonathan Pye ready for leg 3 of the Calderdale Relay. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

The Mens B team ran a solid set of legs to finish in 25th place overall.

POS TEAM Leg 1 Leg2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6


Team B

Carl Helliwell Nick Olszewski Jonathon Pye Nick Roscoe Paul Wale Matthew Duckworth
Dave Bagot John Wilcock Alan Life Richard Briscoe Adam Shaw Chris Funnell
1:28:39 (26) 1:16:53 (37) 0:40:23 (13) 1:24:41 (38) 1:14:07 (51) 1:18:46 (15)
1:28:39 (26) 2:45:32 (34) 3:25:55 (24) 4:50:36 (27) 6:04:43 (29) 7:23:29 (25)

Claire Vincent and Anna Kelly in the leg 2 mass start at Calder Vale. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Our Ladies team had managed to finish slightly ahead of their position last year and there were some great runs from the ladies, particularly Anna Kelly and Claire Vincent who stormed through leg 2.

Leg 4 Runner Wendy Dodds said, ” Although Vicky (Heys) made me work hard, I think we enjoyed a good day out, 1.37.36 Very impressed at Katy and Barbara’s run.Fortunately Vicky had a grandstand position with her car at the end of the take over lane, looking straight at the oncoming runners so we were able to stay inside until the last minute

Clayton Harriers

Richard Briscoe, Wendy Dodds and Nick up!

We also found a new way of warming up before a relay!

POS TEAM Leg 1 Leg2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6
57 Ladies Team Alison Dugdale Anna Kelly Kay Thompson Wendy Dodds Irene Roche Marion Dixon
Sarah Whittaker Claire Vincent Barbara Savage Vicky Heys Angela Shian Sarah Angelone
1:48:35 (68) 1:18:35 (41) 0:52:41 (60) 1:37:33 (64) 1:13:09 (45) 1:41:43 (64)
1:48:35 (68) 3:07:10 (56) 3:59:51 (60) 5:37:24 (60) 6:50:33 (58) 8:32:16 (57)

Full Results

Worden Park 10k and 1 Mile – 17 May

Five Clayton Harriers took part in this 10k organised by Red Rose Runners. 323 runners took part.

Amanda Duffy described the event as; “A really nice race through the park and along farm tracks. Not as fast as the Manchester or the Windmill, but a really enjoyable race. Nice mug and chocolate at the end.”

Pos Name Cat Time
50 Stephen Biscomb M60 00:43:22
83 Alan Clarkson M55 00:45:46
100 Brian Wildman M45 00:47:10
126 Amanda Duffy F35 00:49:18
245 Kevin O’Brien V45 01:00:04

Not to be outdone by the senior runners, a group of 7 junior members took part in the 1 mile fun run. 66 runners took part in this event. All of our junior runners finished in the top twenty and four of them were in the top ten. Brilliant running from our juniors as always!

Clayton Juniors

Our juniors at the Worden Park 1 mile run. Photo by Nicola Thompson

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 5:13
4 Liberty Thompson 5:37
5 Sophie Ashworth 5:38
6 Jenson Bentham 5:56
15 Jack McGuire 7:00
16 Kady Thompson 7:02
18 Felix Thompson 7:16

Full Results

Montane Trail 13 Howgills – 17 May

Whilst often appearing as bridesmaid to the more glamorous pairing of the Lakes and the Dales, the Howgills have long been regarded as an underrated area in which to walk, cycle or run. 

In my quest to convert cycling-legs to fellrunners-legs and get used to running further, if not faster, a round of the popular Montane Trail series promising a tour of the best bits around Sedbergh seemed like a good place to start. Offering both half and full trail marathon options, this round of the series seemed to offer slightly rougher terrain and plenty of climbing, more akin to a fell race than an traditional trail race. I opted for the 13 mile distance, given the longest distance I had run since starting a few months ago was 10 miles.

Alan Dorrington

Alan Dorrington at the Montane Trail 13 in the Howgills. Photo by Sport Sunday Photography

The course started straight up Winder and onto the Calf – about 4 miles of steep, almost continuous climbing that I really enjoyed. What height we had gained in the past 4 miles, was then mostly lost in the next 2 as the route descended steeply down by Cautley Spout – a profile much like the couple of shorter local fell races I’d done recently. Except there was no finish in a grassy field by a pub, rather a 6 mile run in on at times rocky, at times grassy paths back to Sedbergh.

Running with friend Greg whose extensive experience in 24hr and multi-day mountainbike racing was also not converting particularly well to fast-ish running, we both struggled to keep a good pace along this section of rolling tracks and fields. Still, the views over to Great Baugh Fell and the River Rawthey valley more than made up for the worsening condition of my/our legs. Smoother, grassy river meadows on the final run in to Sedbergh allowed a leg-based second wind and I enjoyed picking up the pace substantially, and picking off several places into the finish.

Having cracked the trail half marathon distance, I’m looking forward to some longer fell races over summer and into Autumn, ultimately with a view to getting entry in the 3 Peaks fell race next Spring, the cyclocross version of which I’ve done many times over the years.

Full Results

Chester Half Marathon – 17 May

Two of our ladies took part in this popular half marathon in the picturesque city of Chester.

Report from Clare Wilson

‘There was a fantastic atmosphere at this race which started at Chester race course and finished in the city centre. Considering there were 7000 runners we thought it might take a while to get going, but the race got off to a fast start and it felt a harder course than the other half marathons that Steph and I have previously run so it felt a tough race. Considering this, both of us got times we were happy with, with Steph getting a new PB.’

Clayton Ladies

Stephanie Hawke and Clare Wilson at the Chester Half Marathon. Photo by Clare Wilson

Pos Name Cat Time
1841 Clare Wilson FV35 01:50:07
2244 Stephanie Hawke FV35 01:53:15

Well done ladies!

Full Results

Fairfield Horseshoe – 17 May

AM 9m/3000’  (14.5km/914m)

There were 209 runners in this years race, starting from Rydal Hall in sunny but blustery conditions.Winning the race for a 5th time was Robb Jebb of Bingley Harriers in 1 hour 20 minutes 49 seconds. Next year will be the 50th Fairfield Race and the provisional date will be Saturday 14thMay 2016.

Andrew Orr was the sole Clayton Harrier in this classic lakeland fell race.  He finished in 55th place in a time of 01:46:02.

Full Results

Athletics and Triathlon – 14th & 17th May

Clayton junior member, Ellie Root, took part in the Bradford Schools Athletics Competition on Thursday 14th May and came 2nd in the 1500m in a time of 5:31.

She has also taken part in the Blackpool Junior Triathlon on Sunday 17th May, she had a good swim and cycle and a very strong run. She came 7th in the T3 category.

Ellie Root

Talented Clayton Junior member Ellie Root at the Blackpool Junior Triathlon. Photo by Thomas Root

Well done Ellie!

Parkrun Roundup

Burnley parkrun enjoyed a bumper turn out of over 300 runners on Saturday and the numbers were definitely boosted by 21 Clayton -le-Moors Harriers junior runners. This parkrun was selected as one of the juniors’ summer series races and they were out to impress with PBs galore. The future is definitely bright!

Clayton Juniors

Clayton Juniors out in force at Burnley parkrun. Photo by David Belshaw

Burnley parkrun – A total of 328 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
5 Jonathan PYE 18:26 SM25-29
7 Jackson MCKAY 19:01 JM11-14 New PB!
10 Chris SNELL 19:38 VM35-39 New PB!
11 Laura HESKETH 19:56 SW30-34
16 Dexta THOMPSON 20:13 JM10 New PB!
20 Simon WILSHAW 20:47 JM15-17 New PB!
25 Andrew WEBSTER 21:22 VM45-49 New PB!
26 Millie STUBBS 21:26 JW11-14 New PB!
33 Adam STEVENSON 21:54 JM11-14 New PB!
35 Richard JOHN 22:06 VM35-39 First Timer!
40 Alan CLARKSON 22:17 VM55-59
44 Lennon JACKSON 22:27 JM11-14
57 Daniel BRADLEY 23:19 JM11-14 New PB!
61 Nathan KEWIN 23:32 JM10 New PB!
68 Matthew DUCKWORTH 23:50 SM25-29
71 Elizabeth MULLAN 23:54 SW25-29 New PB!
82 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:13 JW11-14
84 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 24:19 JW11-14
94 Liberty THOMPSON 24:39 JW11-14 New PB!
97 Tanya BUNKHAM 24:46 SW25-29 New PB!
112 Kian ADAMS 25:15 JM10 New PB!
113 Donna SCOTT 25:16 VW45-49
123 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:37 SW25-29 New PB!
124 Annabel WILCOCK 25:40 JW11-14
127 John WILCOCK 25:48 VM50-54
128 Finley STUBBS 25:50 JM10
133 Heidi KEWIN 26:04 JW11-14 New PB!
153 Yvonne WICKHAM 26:59 VW50-54
160 Imogen FERGUSON 27:24 JW10 First Timer!
171 Keira STEVENSON 27:42 JW10
191 Lucy STEVENSON 28:13 JW11-14
197 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 28:22 VW45-49
221 Kady THOMPSON 29:38 JW10 New PB!
225 Rachel STEVENSON 29:49 JW10 New PB!
250 Milly MACCABE 31:25 JW10 New PB!
298 Valerie LAWSON 36:07 VW70-74 New PB!
Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
33 Molly HESKETH 30:24 JW11-14 New PB!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 50 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
33 Molly HESKETH 30:24 JW11-14 New PB!

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 139 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
88 Eileen JONES 29:22 VW60-64

Marple parkrun – A total of 185 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
134 Ron HILL 29:12 VM75-79

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 87 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Cat Note
75 Robin PRICE 37:19 VM70-74

Weekend of Running – the only place to be this Bank Holiday Weekend

Don’t forget, it’s the weekend of running this week.

Weekend of Running flyerNext week’s roundup will be brought to you by the Talented Mr Motley as I will be out tramping around Lancashire on the LDWA Red Rose 100 Mile Challenge.  Who knows, if I get a wiggle on I might even catch some of you carousing in the Pendle Inn on my way through Barley!


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Adrienne Olszewska