‘Not every day you can say you’ve run the country’s hardest half marathon….!!! Feeling so so sore but so so proud!!!’ Clare Wilson
The march continues. Another busy week for Team Clayton, so read on!
Hendon Brook Half Marathon – Sunday 26th July
An amazing 61 members completed the 30th running of this so tough Half Marathon. A tremendous 4th place for Christopher Holdsworth, 2nd lady for Laura Hesketh, as well as the Ladies Vet 55 category win for Irene Roche who broke a record that was set in 2007.
To complete this race is an achievement in itself!
‘So proud to have completed the Hendon Brook race today, arguably the toughest road half marathon in the UK, and I will wear the t-shirt with pride. Lenches really was a a bit nasty. Thanks to all the marshals, without which we wouldn’t have a race, all the supporters along the way, but most of all fellow runners, who support and encourage each other up and down the hills to make it a thoroughly enjoyable event. This is what running is all about. Can’t wait for next year….’ Andy Quinn
‘For my first Half Marathon I decided I would pick something special. And boy it was. Some serious hills. My kind of race. Went out steady. Just wanted to do the 13.5. Even the down hill beasts your legs. Big thanks to Big Mac and Dave Burnett for the support. Thank you John Roche for a great race.’ Brian Searby
|1||David Rigby (Preston H)||M||01:16:21|
188 finished, including 50 ladies. Full results.
Lingmell Dash – Saturday 25th July
Peter Browning was one of six members who travelled to the Lakes for the third counter in the British Fell Championship, and fifth counter in the English.
Peter reports: ‘Fell running at its simplest. Wasdale Head Inn to the top of Lingmell and back. Four and a half miles with 2500 feet of climbing. A bit like a BOFRA race on mega-steroids.
Separate male and female races. Six Harriers present, three girls and three boys. No race results published yet. Serial award winners Wendy Dodds, Linda Lord and Katy Thompson for the girls. Perennial tryers Dave Bagot, Peter Browning and champion Kieran Carr for the boys.
Stunning views at the summit but no time to enjoy them. Kieran (DNF) last seen on his way to the knacker’s yard with a torn hamstring. Peter would have done better if his shoe hadn’t fallen apart on the descent. Thirteen and a half stone hurtling downhill proved too much for Inov-8. Dave improving all the time. Happy days!’
Katy Thompson adds: ‘After the first dash across the fields and over the stream, it was more of a Lingmell Plod to the summit. Linda Lord gradually pulled away from me and I arrived at the summit in 50 minutes – about the same time as first lady Vic Wilkinson arrived at the finish. After the run back down to the stile on Lingmell Nose there was a choice of routes down the very steep grass to the path. Wendy took full advantage of this to sneak past the two LV60s who had beaten her to the top, giving her her first V60 win in this year’s English Champs. Unfortunately there is not yet a LV60 category in the British Champs. Linda was 2nd LV65 and after managing to pass one person on the way down I finished in 75 minutes, 6th LV60.
After the severe descent, my quads are so sore I can hardly walk, so I am very impressed to see that Dave Bagot managed to run the Hendon Brook the day after! Well done, Dave.’
Worston Junior Races, Uphill and Downhill – Tuesday 21st July
Our Summer Series races took place at Worston on Tuesday evening. Finley Stubbs won the U8/U10 race, Dexta Thompson won the U12/U14 race, and Jacob Boyle won both the Uphill and Downhill races. Some didn’t choose the quickest way down, but everyone had a good time!
Todmorden 5k – Thursday 23rd July
10 Age Category winners for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers!
|1||Jason Parker (Preston H)||16:29,422|
|80||Elouise Sylkie Pemberton||25:44,036|
100 finished. Full results.
Lancaster 5k – Saturday 25th July
After racing Uphill and Downhill on Tuesday, the Tod 5k on Thursday, Jacob Boyle finished 3rd and 1st Under 20 in a time of 16:04! Full results.
Turnslack Fell Race – Saturday 25th July
Three members – Chris Snell, Marion Dixon and Bob Hurst – completed this race. Full results.
Tenby 10k – Sunday 26th July
Richard Stevenson finished 15th in a time of 38:12. Full results.
Nick Olszewski had a fantastic run and smashed his 30 hour target by almost an hour! Here’s Nick’s report:
‘Having completed the 50 mile route of the Ultra Tour of the Lake District last year, I felt the need to do the big one this this year, 105 miles with 22,500ft of climbing. Starting from Coniston at 18:00hrs on Friday you have 40 hours to complete the gruelling route and as I was climbing out of Coniston towards Walna Scar Road I did wonder what lay ahead as this would be the furthest I had ever run in one go.
By the time I’d reached Wasdale Head, 4.00hrs into the event I felt good, before leaving Coniston I spotted and spoken to Andy Armstrong who was also up for the weekend doing a spot of wild camping and had mentioned that he was camping up Black Sail. As I left Wasdale and began climbing Black Sail with a snaking line of head torches behind me I could hear the ringing of a cowbell in the distance. As I progressed up the pass the ringing became louder until I finally came across Andy sat on the mountainside cheering on the runners, great to see a familiar face.
The run was going well, I had a schedule and I was managing to run to it with half an hour to spare which was great. I ticked off checkpoints until I arrived at Dalemain, this is the start of the 50 race and just over half way for me, still feeling remarkably fresh, I had a complete change of gear and new shoes here, looked after by Adrienne who was marshalling on this checkpoint. And after a quick snack of soup I was on my way again for the last 45 miles.
By now I had developed a nice steady walk the up hills and trot the rest pattern which was conserving my ever depleting energy supply. Before too long I found myself climbing Fusedale heading towards Mardale Head and with just two major climbs left, Gatescarth and Garburn , I started to feel excited about completing.
Everything was still going to plan and by the time I reached Tilberthwaite, the final checkpoint, I was still up on my predicted finish time, spurring on over Crook Beck heading towards Coniston and the last drop off, which isn’t the easiest descent especially after covering 104 miles. I hit that road and shot off as fast as I could back down to Coniston. Waiting along the road were Andy and Adrienne, cheering me on, but the next thing I knew was Adrienne spreadeagled in the middle of the road shouting “I’m ok, just go” with fits of laughter coming from Andy, all that was going through my head was that I was on a roll, so close to the end and I sorry I cant stop, very surreal.
Throughout the whole event, mentally, I felt great and managed to complete without any blisters, just a damaged large toe from booting a rock. Would I do it again, that would be a big fat yes and I wouldn’t change a thing, apart from Adrienne face planting the road. I would also like to thank Andy for his support up Black Sail and Ambleside and also for picking up and dusting off Adrienne.’ Results to follow.
Parkrun Roundup – Saturday 25th July
Burnley Parkrun – a total of 244 runners took part
|29||David Ian SCOTT||22:29||VM70-74|
|46||Julie DAWES||23:33||VW45-49||New PB!|
|50||Carl CAREY||23:40||VM45-49||New PB!|
|130||Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON||27:51||SW25-29|
|164||Sophie MCINTOSH||29:48||SW20-24||New PB!|
Pendle Parkrun – a total of 66 runners took part
|19||Eleanor Betty ROOT||24:25|
|25||Grace Georgina ROOT||26:23|
Parkrunning in London and elsewhere!
|Abingdon||84||Samuel Spencer HARDISTY||26:57|
|Mile End||42||Dexta THOMPSON||21:04|
|Mile End||104||Liberty THOMPSON||24:45|
Cross Country News
Cross Country will soon be here! The committee has appointed Jason Pier as Cross Country Manager and Cross Country Statistician. As Cross Country Manager, Jason will be registering our Junior and Senior members with the Red Rose and Mid Lancs Leagues before the season commences, and will be issuing numbers on race day. Thanks Jason for taking on these two important roles!