Championships, Grand Prix and Steam Trains

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Championships, Grand Prix and Steam Trains

Yet more successes to celebrate. Bronze medals for our Vet40 Ladies team in the British Fell Championships and an individual Bronze LV50 medal for Wendy Dodds. Plenty of trophies at the Pendle and Burnley Grandprix and the Tywyn Steam Train finally tamed.

Wednesday 12 August

Haigh Hall 4 Mile Road Race
Julie Toman was our sole representative a this midweek event. She finished in 93rd place with a time of 36:15.

Full Results

Pilgrims Cross
There was a decent turnout of 18 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers to this mid week fell race of 6 miles and 1100 ft of climbing. It is the third race in a series of four organised by Rossendale Harriers

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Jacob Boyle MU23 00:41:30
26 Alan Life MV50 00:46:57
43 Ivan Whigham MV50 00:48:51
51 Laura Hesketh F 00:49:22
72 Chris Snell M 00:51:52
81 Claire Vincent F 00:52:28
88 Darren Rushton MV45 00:53:30
101 Martin Brady MV50 00:56:20
112 Andrew Howarth MV55 00:57:24
139 Katy Thompson FVF60 01:01:52
148 Carol Life FV50 01:02:55
161 Robert Hirst MV60 01:04:21
165 Stephen Fish MV60 01:04:46
167 Susan Clarke FV45 01:04:54
172 Kath Brady FV50 01:05:50
173 George Thompson MV65 01:06:01
179 Martin O’Rourke MV55 01:08:44
189 Ron Chappell MV65 01:13:03

Full Results

Friday 14 August

Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix
151 of our club members took part in at least one race in this local series of 13 races including 5 & 10K road races, a half marathon, trail and fell races; there is something for everyone. There were some great results for our members and prizes galore. You have to complete 9 races of the 13 on offer to qualify for prizes. With a healthy number of competitors we had 10 of the top 20 men and 10 of the top 20 women.

Jordan McDonald, junior winner and third overall, with Tom Cornthwaite. Photo by Barry Brock

Jordan McDonald, junior winner and third overall, with Tom Cornthwaite. Photo by Barry Brock

A special mention for Stuart Barker who was one of only 3 people to compete in all 13 races. Quite an achievement, well done Stuart! He received a special award to recognise his achievement along with newcomers to running Michelle Butschok and Leanne Cottam. Matthew Duckworth Received the Everest Trophy for most improved male.

Prize winners. L-R Michelle Butschok, Leanne Cottam, Rachel Todd, Helen Burnett, Joanne Bennett and Stuart Barker

Prize winners. L-R Michelle Butschok, Leanne Cottam, Rachel Todd, Helen Burnett, Joanne Bennett and Stuart Barker

Grand Prix Awards

Female Awards Male Awards
Vet 65 Gold Karin Goss Vet 70 Gold David Scott
Vet 65 Bronze Christine Leathley Vet 65 Gold Ron Chappell
Vet 55 Gold Irene Roche Vet 60 Bronze Steven White
Vet 55 Silver Jean Knightley Vet 60 Gold Jeff Pickup
Vet 50 Gold Dawn Terry Vet 55 Silver Steven Ainsworth
Vet 45 Silver Joanne Bennett Vet 50 Bronze Sean Clare
Vet 40 Bronze Rachel Todd Vet 50 Silver Paul Hesketh
Vet 40 Silver Helen Burnett Vet 45 Bronze Andy Bradley
Vet 35 Silver Leanne Cottam Vet 45 Silver Chris Funnell
Female Gold Claire Vincent Vet 45 Gold Andrew Stubbs
Female 6th Irene Roche Vet 40 Gold Michael O’ Donnell
Male Junior Jordan McDonald
Male Bronze Jordan McDonald
Male 5th Andrew Stubbs

Special Awards

Completed all 13 GP races Stuart Barker
Newcomers Recognition Michelle Butschok & Leanne Cottam
Everest Trophy – Most improved male Matthew Duckworth

Shore Road Race
Two club members took part in this 7km (4.35 miles) road race  with 98 metres (322 ft) climbing.

Pos Name Cat Time
25 Stephen Biscomb M60 31:36.3
45 Paul Walsh M60 38:24.5

Full Results 

Saturday 15 August

Catforth Canter
A quartet of our members took part in this race around the quiet lanes of Catforth. Our senior vets cleaned up the 70 plus placings with all three of them claiming first age category positions.

Pos Name Cat Time
78 Lee Moore MV35 22:37
79 David Scott MV70 22:49
90 Richard Lawson MV75 23:51
126 Val Lawson FV70 32:01

 Full Results

Podium Races

This blisteringly fast local 5K race series has expanded and added some junior races to its portfolio. Thirteen juniors took part, six of our youngest members in the 3k and seven in the 5k.

The start of the Podium B Race. Photo by David Belshaw

The start of the Podium B Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Helena White had a storming run and finished as first girl in the 3k with a time of 14:08. In the 5k race Briony Holt finished in second place, first girl, with a time of 19:48 demonstrating that she doesn’t need the hills to be fast! Dexta Thompson was hot on her heels in third place. Sophie Ashworth and Liberty Thompson were second and third girls making a clean sweep for the Clayton girls!

In the “A” Race, Jacob Boyle and Dan Balshaw were taking part in this elite and super fast 5k. Jacob Boyle finishing in 8th position with a time of 15:46 and Dan Balshaw in 18th place with a time of 16:43.

In the “B” Race , six club members, including four of our junior members, took part. First finisher for the club was junior Jackson McKay, who finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:28. Laura Hesketh was our first lady, second lady overall, with a time of 18:41. Juniors Ryan Clarke, Tom Bradley and Curtis Holt put in some strong performances – look out senior runners! Andy Bradley completed the Clayton team in this event.

Podium Junior 3k Race – 17 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
5 1 Helena White F (001/008) 00:14:08
8 6 Joshua McKay M (006/009) 00:14:44
9 3 Kady Thompson F (003/008) 00:14:46
11 8 Felix Thompson M (008/009) 00:15:34
13 4 Tillie Ferguson F (004/008) 00:17:02
14 5 Millie Hesketh F (005/008) 00:18:00
Clayton Junior boys at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton Junior boys at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Podium Junior 5k – 15 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
2 1 Briony Holt F (001/008) 00:19:48
3 2 Dexta Thompson M (002/007) 00:20:13
5 2 Sophie Ashworth F (002/008) 00:22:00
6 4 Jenson Bentham M (004/007) 00:22:11
7 3 Liberty Thompson F (003/008) 00:22:53
10 6 Daniel Bradley M (006/007) 00:24:02
11 5 Imogen Ferguson F (005/008) 00:25:38
The unstoppable and stylish Clayton Girls at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

The unstoppable and stylish Clayton Girls at the Podium Races. Photo by David Belshaw

Podium 5k “A” Race – 21 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
8 8 Jacob Boyle M (008/018) 00:15:46
18 17 Dan Balshaw M (016/018) 00:16:43
Podium 5k “B” Race – 35 Runners
Pos M F Name Cat CatPos Time
8 8 Jackson McKay MJ (002/004) 00:18:28
12 2 Laura Hesketh F (002/002) 00:18:41
14 12 Ryan Clarke MJ (003/004) 00:19:24
20 17 Andy Bradley M (009/014) 00:19:52
23 20 Tom Bradley M (011/014) 00:20:07
27 23 Curtis Holt MJ (004/004) 00:20:45

Full Results

Race the Train

Richard Stevenson and Julia Rushton took part in this 14-mile, train-racing even; Richard returning with a score to settle! Lucy, Adam, Keira and Rachel Stevenson all ran brilliantly in the 3 mile event.

Richard Stevenson who beat the train this time. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Richard Stevenson who beat the train this time. Photo by Deborah Stevenson

Report from Richard Stevenson

We pitched up at the campsite in Tywyn, North Wales, on the Friday evening ready for the 32nd annual Race the Train event on the Saturday where you race the steam train of the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back. The event is described as multi-terrain where the course uses a mixture of public roads, lanes, unmettalled roads, track and agricultural land which run alongside the track .

There are 4 different races throughout the day of varying distances from 3 miles to the main Rotary Challenge of 14 miles where runners have 1hr and 48 mins to beat the train back to town centre.

We awoke on Saturday to lovely sunshine so we set off into town for the shorter distance races with Clayton junior members Lucy, Adam, Keira and Rachel taking part in the 3 mile Tynllwynhen race. They all put in a great effort across a very tough hilly course with a knee deep stream crossing. The kids loved it and were very impressed with the contents of their goody bags!

Team Stevenson at the Race the Train Races. Photo by Richard Stevenson

Team Stevenson at the Race the Train Races. Photo by Richard Stevenson

After a little rest it was time to take my place at the start line on the railway bridge above the station. I took part in the Rotary Challenge in 2013 and missed out on beating the train by 50 seconds so this was a revenge mission and the pressure was on!

The race takes you out of the town over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks all the way to the turn point 7 miles in at Abergoynolwyn station. This I knew had been the easy part of the course and, on checking my watch, I knew I was doing well.

After turning around the station you now climbed very steeply to run across the face of the hillside on narrow sheep tracks for over a mile. Once past the summit the course levels off for a short way before leaving the road and plunging down a very narrow path.You then have to negotiate footbridges, steep steps, bogs and small streams before reaching open fields with about 3 miles to go. I was still feeling strong and knew that barring disasters I was going to beat the train.

With 1 mile to go you join the public road heading for the finish in Tywyn. By now I was well ahead of the train and could soak up the great atmosphere in the town for the finish.

Finished; and one train well and truly beaten! Time 1:39:59. 14 minutes ahead of the train in a position of 39th.

I cannot recommend this race highly enough, a great weekend away with the family at an event where the whole town get involved and cheer on the runners.

Julia Rushton at the Race the Train event. Photo by Richard Slater

Julia Rushton at the Race the Train event. Photo by Richard Slater

Race the Train 3.5

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Adam Stevenson MU13 20:46
57 Keira Stevenson FU13 24:43
97 Lucy Stevenson FU15 27:06
105 Rachel Stevenson FU11 27:46

Race the Train 14

Pos Name Cat Time
39 Richard Stevenson MV35 01:33:55
758 Julia Rushton FV50 02:26:28

Full Results

Watergrove Trail Race

Philip Naylor was our sole representative in this 4.55 mile race on the trails around Watergrove Reservoir.

Pos Name Cat Time
47 Philip Naylor SENM 49:37.6

Full Results

Sunday 16 August

Lakeland Country Fair

Report by Colin Woolford

Colin Woolcroft at the Lakeland County Fair fell race. Photo by the Woodentops

Colin Woolcroft at the Lakeland County Fair fell race. Photo by the Woodentops

As I can’t afford a bike for the proper mid life crisis (road or motor), I decided to indulge my love of running and the outdoors by completing my 43rd race since my 39th birthday, thus completing my ’40 before I’m 40’ in style up the Old Man of Coniston fell race from Torver. 1 hr 32, 33rd from 43.

Well done Colin!

Prudent Riverside Half Marathon

A flat fast course using the network of paths up following the Lune. The race starts outside the George & Dragon Pub before looping around underneath the impressive Lancaster Castle. The route heads to Caton before looping back towards Lancaster.

Brian Wildman was flying the tangerine flag in this Lancaster Race Series half marathon. He finished in 52nd place in a field of 129 runners with a time of 01:44:17.

Full Results

Sedburgh Hills Fell Race

Report from Peter Browning

A bright, clear and mostly still day for the 14 miles Sedburgh Hills race saw three Clayton members take on the challenge of over 6000 feet of grassy climbing through the quiet Howgill Fells. Richard Briscoe, Jean Brown and Peter Browning were among the 125 runners who set off on the long first climb up Arant Haw to be met there by fellow Claytonner, Graham Eccles, who was the summit checkpoint marshal. Richard and Jean soon pulled away from me as I struggled to get going properly, but I always felt that if I kept at it, I would start to peg them back. Andy Firth’s Borrowdale report, where he mentioned that if he just kept going he would catch Richard came to mind. Poor Richard, Andy’s words might haunt him for many years to come!

As it turned out, I didn’t see Jean again until I crossed the finish line eleven minutes behind her! She had a superb run, finishing second lady, just two minutes behind long distance record breaker, Nicky Spinks of Dark Peak. Jean was a little disappointed however: 10 seconds faster and she would have beaten the three hour mark!

Once into the race proper, I managed to grind out the miles in my usual style and sure enough caught and passed Richard at the top of the climb that leads to the Calf checkpoint. He professed to be knackered at that point but was well on course to beat his target of three and a half hours.

The steep descent from the last checkpoint on the top of the summit of Winder that overlooks the town of Sedburgh followed by a short road run back to the finish saw all three of us finished in very respectable times and places as follows:

  1. Joe Symonds 2:13:40
    36. Nicky Spinks                2:56:29
    40. Jean Brown                  3:00:09
    55. Peter Browning        3:11:44
    63. Richard Briscoe        3:17:14

Sheep Fell Over Fell Race

A trio of our club members took part in this 3 mile fell race. Alan Life had a great run finishing in 9th postion overall and 1st vet 50. Congratulations to Robert Hirst who has recently turned 65 and this was his 65th race in his 65th year!

Pos Name Cat Time
9 Alan Life M50 21:41.9
12 Chris Snell MSEN 22:35.4
47 Robert Hirst M65 31:48.3

 Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Another great week for our parkrunners with plenty of PBs and first place positions for John Hartley at Pendle and Tom Brewster at Skipton. Also after a successful practice run at Witton Park, the new Blackburn parkrun is all set to hold its inaugural run on Saturday 29th August all down to the hard work of our club member Bryan Searby and his wife and running friends.  Get yourselves down there!

Club Chairman James Hickie trying out the new parkrun at Witton Park with organiser Bryan Searby. Photo by Stacy Lloyd Ayriss

Burnley parkrun – A total of 268 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
4 Chris SNELL 19:24 VM35-39
9 Adam SHAW 20:00 SM30-34 New PB!
14 Nick ROSCOE 20:22 VM45-49
21 Gordon BARRETT 21:28 VM50-54
24 Andrew WEBSTER 21:46 VM45-49
34 Martin BRADY 22:34 VM50-54
56 Lee MOORE 23:45 VM35-39
75 Carl CAREY 24:42 VM45-49
76 Andrew TAYLOR 24:44 VM55-59
79 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 24:49 SW25-29 New PB!
108 Sophie ASHWORTH 26:05 JW11-14
109 Heidi KEWIN 26:06 JW11-14
146 Robert HIRST 28:02 VM65-69
157 Nicola KAY 28:30 SW30-34 New PB!
167 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 29:06 VW45-49
246 Judith CAREY 38:33 VW35-39

Pendle parkrun – A total of 56 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
1 John HARTLEY 19:54 VM55-59 New PB!
4 Martin TERRY 21:22 VM55-59 First Timer!
14 Eleanor Betty ROOT 23:28 JW11-14 New PB!
21 Dawn TERRY 25:20 VW50-54
49 Christine LEATHLEY 33:27 VW65-69

Bolton parkrun – A total of 251 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
55 Nerina GILL 24:45 VW45-49
65 Katy THOMPSON 25:28 VW60-64

Marple parkrun – A total of 176 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
152 Ron HILL 31:18 VM75-79

Sewerby parkrun – A total of 146 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note
91 Eileen JONES 30:12 VW60-64 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 149 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Note 
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:31 SM25-29 New PB!

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Adrienne Olszewska