After all the epic endurance escapades last weekend, you’d think our members would be taking it easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Business as usual from the tangerine army! Competing, winning and cheering each other on as always! The future’s bright.
Vernons 5k – 28 April
Otherwise known as the Welcome Inn Tuesday night series. Just one member at this event, Tony Pilling who finished in 53rd place with a time of 23:25.
Vera Hirst 5k Cowm Race – 29 April
Irene Roche reports;
A few Clayton members ran at Whitworth, Cowme Res 5k. Andy O’Sullivan has a few of these mid-weekers going and raising good amounts of money for charity. Around 35 to 40 runners took part after a slightly delayed start due to late competitors arriving after traffic problems. But the delayed start was welcome as this was when the sun shone through after a dark cloud threatened to dampen our spirits! Laura Hesketh achieved First Lady and lots of other Clayton winning prizes/age categories. Totally enjoyable midweek event.
Cake Race – 2 May
An interesting moorland course with as much cake as you like to eat at the end. Who could ask for more? The course takes in open moorland scenery, industrial heritage, and Pennine farmland all in a hour or so. It is mainly on flagged paths, tracks and trails with the challenge of going over the Pennines and back.
The first mile or so is up hill onto the moors, which is very runnable, we call the path boat lane, since it was build to take the horses from the canal barges over the hills. Once up on the Moors you take the flagged path to Brun Cough Reservoir. The course is fast at this point, although care is needed as the flagstones can be slippy. The route splits the reservoirs at Wessenden Head and turns down toward Marsden where you can run fast down towards Marsden. The hardest part is yet to come as runners meet a long flight of stone steps that sweeps them down the side of the dam only to return them up a similar flight on the other side! Save a bit of energy for the climb back up onto the Moors, against the prevailing wind, you will be rewarded with stunning views across Marsden Moor.
The track brings runners back to the top of Boat lane and a good long run into the finish where cakes and tea await all finishers. All Runners are invited to bring a cake which will be entered into the Cake contest. Prizes for best tasting and best decoration. This is a tough race and you’ll really feel like you’ve earned the cake afterwards.
Three Clayton Ladies took part, Vicky Heys, Angela Shian and Nerina Gill. Interestingly, Nerina has just entered the VLM ballot for next year… I do hope it wasn’t because of all the cake! Well done ladies!
Awaiting full results
Pendle Cloughs – 2 May
Just 30 hardy fell runners finished this tough, local race organised by Barlick Fell Runners. Course record holder Tom Brunt returned for a third time to take on this race. The conditions on the top of Pendle were cold, wet and very windy and were not ideal for record breaking times. As it turned out, Tom had a comfortable win over Martin Hurst from Pudsey & Bramley who was closely followed home in third place by Max Wainwright from Helsby RC.
Four Clayton Harriers took part, Pete Booth, Andrew Priory, Ralph Baines, and David Naylor.
Great Hameldon Hill Race – 3 May
Despite a rather grim start to the day, 27 juniors and 57 senior members took part in the first of the Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series, with a fair few of both adults and children running in their first ever fell race. The weather was kind to us and things cleared up nicely for the first race of the day. The juniors were out in force with many of them cheering and running alongside their siblings and team mates. They also formed an enthusiastic and exuberant cheer squad as they watched the seniors coming in.
Under 8s Race
15 children took part in the Under 8s running a fast and furious circuit of the Peel Park school playing field incorporating a bit of a hill at the rear just to add a little sting in the tail ( also added to the end of the longer races just to add a little spice!).
We had some fantastic runs from our juniors with first and third positions for Isaac Smith and Joshua McKay. A Masie Howarth and Jessica Bradley were are two girls in the race and both of them had great runs. Very well done!
Under 10s Race
22 children took part in the next age group race with two laps of the playing field to undertake. Dexta Thompson took the lead and held onto it with great great and determination, managing to save a bit extra for a sprint to the finish to secure his win.
Imogen Ferguson was our first Clayton girl in the race and second girl overall. Another great set of runs from our juniors.
Under 16s Race
This is a tough race for the under 16 group, leaving the playing fields and heading out and up the Coppice Hill that overlooks the school. Jackson Mckay ran a superb race finishing comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack. 26 runners took part.
Ella Dorrington was our first girl finisher, just passing team mate Millie Stubbs at the end to secure 8th place overall and first girl. Hot on her heels, Millie finished in 9th place and second girl.
|1||Jackson L. McKay||M11||(1/9)||00:11:23|
|10||William M. Nicholls||M10||(2/2)||00:13:13|
An impressive turnout of 57 Clayton Harriers in this race; the first race of the Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix Series. Christopher Holdsworth was our first Clayton man finishing in 2nd place and Claire Vincent was our first Clayton Lady finishing in 72nd place and 4th lady in the race. Jordan McDonald ran very well finishing in 4th place overall and first Male Junior. Irene Roche was 1st L55 and Karin Goss was 1st L65.
Report by Christopher Holdsworth
I’d hoped for a weekend off from racing after the Three Peaks, but couldn’t resist competing at one of the best races in the P&B calendar. With the Peaks still in my legs, and a full week of comfort eating, I decided to ease myself into the race and ran with the Liverpool runner, Richard Burney for the majority of the way up Hameldon Hill. I held back until the summit, hoping to pull away on the way back down… As it turns out, Richard is a 15 minute 5K runner. I ended the race in 2nd place with a time of 38:45 – almost 2 minutes quicker than last years time. So very happy with the result! We had a great turn out, and had some great performances from the younger members in Jordan McDonald, and some impressive junior displays too. A top event to kick of the Summer racing calendar!
Report by Claire Vincent
After suffering from a stress fracture since before Christmas, I’ve just started to get back into running in the past month or so. I know the Hameldon route well so felt ok and reached the summit with a lady from Trawden in sight. On the descent however she pulled away and I was over taken by a lady from Accrington road runners. I thought I might have been able to catch them but I’m not too good on the downhill so they stayed out of reach! I also finished 2 minutes quicker than last year and enjoyed being cheered on by a group of Clayton juniors at the end! Look forward to more races this summer and being part of the relay team for my first time in the Calderdale Way.
Our Ladies ‘A’ team were 2nd and our Mens ‘A’ Team were 1st. Well done everyone.
|25||Michael J. O’Donnell||M40||(006/021)||00:46:32|
|96||Andrew M. Dugdale||M50||(016/023)||00:55:12|
|103||Andrew J. Webster||M45||(018/028)||00:55:47|
Coniston Fell Racer – 3 May
Report by Peter Browning
Five Clayton Harriers made the journey north to the southern Lakes for the annual Coniston Fell Race, the first of the truly classic Lakeland races. The race is traditionally held under blue skies and lovely spring sunshine, but not this year. We were well and truly back in winter conditions, with snow falling on the tops, high winds and poor visibility. Following recent comments from some quarters, if ever there was a reminder of the need to carry full kit in all fell races as outlined by the FRA, this was it. Former top ten Coniston finisher Tim Edward led the Clayton contingent home, followed by Peter Browning, Andrew Firth, Mark Taylor and Peter Dugdale. Full results have still not been published, but finishing safely was the simple aim of most competitors.
North West Junior Traithlon Series 2015 – Warrington – 3 May
Congratulations to the Root sisters Ellie and Grace who both took part in the Northwich Aquathlon, Grace in the T1 and Ellie in the T3, they are now looking forward to the start of the triathlons later this month.
Also Ellie has been awarded a Talented Athlete Grant from Pendle Leisure Trust, to help with triathlon training. Another member of Clayton Juniors being recognised for their commitment to sport and well deserved!
Well done girls, flying the tangerine flag for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers and a credit to our junior coaching team.
Bluebell Trail 10k – 3 May
A scenic one lap race in and around woodland, following the River Yarrow, starting and finishing in the Yarrow Country Park, Chorley. This course will take in the crossing of the River Yarrow.
Bryan Searby and Steve Biscombe took part in this trail race.Bryan described the course as full of lovely scenery. We ran through the bluebells and had great fun in the river. Hilly and muddy.
No results as yet.
Coiners Junior Fell Races – 4 May
A group of our juniors competed in the FRA English championship races organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners. Liberty and Dexta Thompson, Jackson McKay and Joshua McKay and Briony Holt.
Tina Holt reported; ” What a fab day today at Coiners. Mytholmroyd, for the 4th FRA race of the season. The Clayton Le Moors Harriers orange army were out in force once again! Not completely sure on results as yet, but they all gave 100% . Well done juniors. Dexta ran halfway round with only one shoe, and Sophie ran down the hillshouting “I’m gonna fall!” but had an amazing upright finish. Curtis didn’t run after yesterdays track meet in Preston but Briony did and secured another 1st position. Well done everyone!
In fact, Briony won her fourth championship race in a row making her the 2015 English FRA champion with two races still to go to further consolidate her victory. Congratulations to a brilliant runner and absolute credit to our club!
Coiners Senior Fell Races – 4 May
Well done to Jacob Boyle and Mark Aspinall who took part in the ‘short’ race. the Coiners is described by the organisers as a fast tour of Coiner’s country on paths, tracks and moorland, taking in Erringden Moor, Stoodley Pike and Bell House Moor. The route offers spectacular views of Cragg Vale and passes by the old coiners cottages of Bell House and Keelam.
9 Jacob Boyle MU23 0:54:09
10 Mark Aspinall M55 0:54:22
It was the 150th run at Burnley, our unofficial club parkrun, and both seniors and juniors were out in force, many of them warming up for other events over the weekend. King of the parkrun, Mr Jonathan Pye, was spotted taking to the fells the following day at the Great Hameldon Hill Race. Rumours that he presented a bemused race official with a carefully laminated barcode at the finish line are greatly exaggerated! It was a paced event so lots of PBs and it was also great to see Danny Collinge & Jonathon Pye giving Clayton Juniors one to one coaching to help them improve!
All of the people who had competed in Marathons, 3 Peaks or Fellsman events were called out for a round of applause in a fairly understated 150th celebration event.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 267 runners took part.
|2||Jacob BOYLE||17:34||SM18-19||New PB!|
|11||Dexta THOMPSON||20:31||JM10||New PB!|
|30||Ryan Andrew CLARKE||22:03||JM15-17|
|58||Daniel BRADLEY||24:11||JM11-14||New PB!|
|95||Paul Laurence WALSH||26:20||VM60-64||New PB!|
|113||Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON||27:20||SW25-29|
|201||Bronia OLSZEWSKA||32:00||JW10||New PB!|
|237||Valerie LAWSON||36:43||VW70-74||New PB!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 71 runners took part.
|15||Martin BRADY||23:22||VM50-54||New PB!|
|52||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||31:06||VW65-69|
|65||Susan ALLEN||34:06||VW55-59||New PB!|
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 164 runners took part.
|105||Eileen JONES||29:02||VW60-64||New PB!|
Heaton parkrun – A total of 581 runners took part.
|80||Bryan SEARBY||22:36||VM40-44||New PB!|
Skipton parkrun – A total of 164 runners took part
|6||Paul BRANNON||19:00||VM55-59||First Timer!|
St Albans parkrun – A total of 361 runners took part.
|119||George THOMPSON||23:21||VM65-69||New PB!|
Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 451 runners took part.
For all club members taking part in the British Masters Road Relay Championships on 16th May, coach arrangements are as follows;
Coach travel £5 per head.
Depart Seedhill 6.45am
Network 65 at 7.00am
Dunkenhalgh at 7.15am
Also coming up on the same weekend, the Calderdale Relays. Make sure you have reccied, or plan to reccy, your leg of the race soon as it’s only a couple of weeks away.