Durisdeer Fell Race 2015 & The Rest of the Week’s Action

ByChristopher Holdsworth

Durisdeer Fell Race 2015 & The Rest of the Week’s Action

Durisdeer Fell Race 2015

“We started outside the village church, with a mad dash through the parking field, and over a stream onto the hill – about a mile and a half of it to Black Hill, gaining about 300m which was immediately lost in a knee wrenching descent…”

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Durisdeer is a tiny hamlet in the Southern Uplands, about 3 hours up the motorway from home. The annual fell race (9.5m/4000′) usually attracts about 30 runners, but this year 268 competitors gathered for the second British Championship race of the year.

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Friday had been the hottest day of the year so far, but luckily the temperature had dropped with a light but cooling breeze. Linda and Pete Lord were up in Scotland for the week, so Wendy, Jean and I travelled up together, arriving to find ourselves parked next to an injured Jon Sharples. Jon was chauffeuring Gwilym Williams, former Clayton newsletter editor, over from Austria – the only Clayton man to race, and the one who was the furthest from home!

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We started outside the village church, with a mad dash through the parking field, and over a stream onto the hill – about a mile and a half of it to Black Hill, gaining about 300m which was immediately lost in a knee wrenching descent. After smiling for Pete’s camera before crossing the road, there was a more gradual climb to the third checkpoint, remembering to shout “Happy 70th birthday,” to the organiser’s mother, Jessie. Back across the road, with support from Pete again, then a long climb up to Well Hill, the highest point on the race. One more short climb back up to Black Hill then a fast grassy run down to the finish, just spoilt by the short but steep pull up through the parking field.

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There was no need for anyone to go hungry after the race; the village ladies were all set to feed the 5000 – and we were feeding the midges. Despite the midges, we stayed for the presentation where Wendy, Linda and I were all awarded prizes as the first three LV60s. Jean was 22nd lady and 7th LV40, despite still recovering from her record breaking Old County Tops run and a 50m race on the mountains round Lake Annecy a couple of weeks ago. Gwilym found a new friend to run round with – Jean Robson, a former Clayton member now living in Scotland.

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The Southern Uplands are lovely grassy rolling hills, well worth a visit. If the Scottish race in the British Champs is in that area next year, let’s hope more runners can see their way to travelling there – not that much further than Keswick or Wasdale.

137 Jean Brown LV40 2.04.08

155 Wendy Dodds 1st LV60. 2.08.47

222 Katy Thompson 2nd LV60 2.27.24

229 Linda Lord 3rd LV60 2.30.17

264 Gwilym Williams M60 2.59.40

268 ran incl. 73 ladies

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Thanks to Katie Thompson for the report. Full results can be found Durisdeer Results.

The Rest of the Week’s Action

Worsthorne Trail Race


In an excellent contest between two of Clayton’s best talents, Danny Collinge managed to pip new member Joshua Boyle in this tough 5 mile fell race. This will be the first of many exciting battle’s between the two young Harriers, and I look forward to seeing them contents for the win once again in the future.

Full Senior Results

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Jackson Mckay eased to the win comfortably and effortlessly in the junior race. He was followed shortly by Dexta Thompson in second place in a fantastic time, managing under the 20 minute mark. Third Place went to Natasha Olszewska, whilst forth went to Ella Dorrington. All the juniors showed great promise and the determination to succeed was clear to see through-out.

Full Junior Results

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High Hall Fell Race 2015

Julie Toman was out sole representative at this mid-week race, finishing the fell race in 36:28. Well done Julie!

75 368 022 Julie Toman F45 (006/009) Clayton le Moors Harriers 05.40/09.07 00:36:28


2 Towers Fell Race 2015

In a stronger showing for the 2 Towers Fell Race, David Naughton finished as our first senior male in 5th place, whilst Katie Thompson finished first for the ladies.

5 57 005 David Naughton M55 (001/008) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:39:07
30 19 029 Mark Nutter M50 (004/006) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:44:24
42 59 039 Mark Taylor M (015/019) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:46:59
51 20 046 Andrew Firth M55 (005/008) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:48:40
59 61 053 Peter Dugdale M55 (006/008) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:51:12
61 3 007 Katy Thompson F60 (001/001) Clayton le Moors Harriers 00:51:59


Weets Fell Race 2015


In this week’s Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix fixture, it was a return to the toughest fell race on the calendar in “Weets”. Overall we had 34 runners compete, and I can now slowly feel my Fell Palladium Trophy slip away as I see so many super efforts each week.

Not least of all in Jordan McDonald, who continues to light up the P&B Grand Prix and is in excellent form right now – long may it continue! Full results below.




The Rings Of Shap 2015

In a race that only psychopaths will enter, runners get to choose how many “rings”, or more appropriately, circles of hell they’d like to travel around. Martin Terry finished third, choosing to race along all three rings! Nick Olszewski, slightly less unhinged decided to tackle two rings, finishing in 6th place overall. A fantastic effort from both men!

South Downs Way 100 – (Results to be found here soon)

Simon Halliday, another runner with a vendetta against his own legs, competed at the South Downs Way 100. Although results are yet to be released, Simon finished in a total time of 19:17:21 (according to his Strava results) – Absolutely brilliant effort Simon!! Full results to follow shortly.
In yet ANOTHER endurance event this week, Julia Rushton and Nerina Gill competed at the famous Mizuno Endure 24. 
Report from Julia Rushton
This weekend I ran my first proper endurance event, Endure24, what was I thinking of when I signed up!! Neri and I had a plan, 50miles for me and 50+ for Neri.
On paper it was only 10hrs running in 24hrs, how hard can it be? Once we got there the atmosphere was brilliant, think Glastonbury for runners, tents, vans and caravans covered two big field. Music, food and drink. We set off at midday on Saturday. My plan was to run the 5mile laps in decreasing sets 4, 3, 2, 1 and I stuck to it forgetting that the furthest I’ve run this year was 16miles and my first set was 20miles.
The 7th lap was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I gratefully whimpered into bed for a few hours. Neri got up bright and early and was about to aim for 60miles till she heard someone point out it was just short of 100km. Never one to avoid a challenge off she went and clocked up 65miles.
I stuck to my target and on my last lap I walked round taking in the atmosphere, enjoying the woodland surroundings and music filtering through the trees. I was so chilled I almost missed the time and had to run to the finish to beat the midday klaxon. The marshals and support was brilliant, many shouts of “Go Solo” and “well done Clayton Ladies” Will we do it again? You bet we will, planning already underway.
Pos      Team           Laps        Total Time     Cat
24      Nerina Gill        13           24:46:05      SW
41      Julia Rushton   10           23:44:43      SW
BOFRA Hawkswick Fell Race 2015 – (Results to be found here soon) 
Briony Holt continues to excel in the BOFRA races, becoming one of Clayton’s brightest stars in doing so. Also, its clear one of our bravest as I’ve seen many our more seasoned “fell runners” struggle down descents more gingerly compared to this shot from Briony!!
Report from Tina Holt
Another great running day with Clayton Le Moors Harriers. At Hawkswick dash today, the 4th race of the series, briony came 1st girl. An amazing race, good conditions, a steep uphill, with.a scramble at the top, but overall an enjoyable race. Well done Jackson who also raced with an amazing result of 4th place.
Liverpool Half Marathon
Jacob Watson continues to show his strength on the road, finishing in 01:19:23, whilst Elouise show’s just how far she’s come whilst adopting the orange banded vest by recording a Half Marathon time of 02:04:24. Top effort guys!!
Full Results
16 1464 Jacob Watson BURNLEY 01:19:13
1159 3711 Lynsey Birtwistle Burnley 01:49:20
1562 6472 Leanne Cottam burnley 01:53:34
2694 9743 Elouise Pemberton Accrington 02:04:26
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Edgeworth 5k & 10k
Dan Balshaw managed to take 1st place in the 5k in his first outing for the club! Well done Dan! Bryan Searby also had a good outing, finishing in 13th position for the club.
Full 5k Results
Position        Race Number       Finishing Time        First Name     Last Name   Gender
1                         80                     00:17:58               Daniel            Balshaw      Male
13                        2                      00:24:01               Bryan            Searby         Male
Race For Life 2015
Report from Marion Wilkinson
Well Done to the Clayton Harriers girls at race for life at Towneley, 1st 10k winner Liberty Thompson & 1st 5k winner Ella Dorington, also well done to Sophie & Millie
great effort from all of you!!!
Castle Howard 2015
Last but not least, and mostly because he messaged me in tears as I’d forgotten his race completely, congratulations to Breton Holdsworth for finishing third in his annual race at Castle Howard. Especially impressive due to his recent buggered knee – well done!!

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Christopher Holdsworth