Wins all over the place this week! Fells, parks, promenades, greenways; nowhere is off limits for racing as far as the tangerine army is concerned. Many summer race series have come to a conclusion and it’s time to celebrate our successes and improvements.
Tuesday 4th August
Crow Hill Reverse Fell Race
Robert Hirst and Stephen Fish took part in this 5 mile fell race with 1000 ft of climb in Mytholmroyd.
Wednesday 5th August
Astley Park Trail Race
This was the fourth and final race in this popular series. There was a good turnout of juniors despite the event falling in the middle of the school holidays.
As always, some top notch performances from our youngsters. 3rd place overall for Curtis Holt, 1st girl for Briony Hold and age category wins for Jenson Bentham (U9) and Felix Thompson (U7). Well done!
|10||Briony Holt||L15||5:31 1st girl|
|34||Jenson Bentham||U9||6:20 1st U9|
|83||Felix Thompson||U7||7:56 1st U9|
In the senior race, Jonathan Pye was our sole representative. He finished in 22nd place with a time of 27:33.
Steel Fell Race
Some claggy conditions for the runners of this 3.1 mile Lakeland fell race from Steel End Farm in Thirlmere judging by the excellent photos from Granddayout Photography. No results as yet but I spotted Wendy Dodds in the photos.
Whittle Pike Fell Race
This race is described as rough and tough by organisers Rossendale Harriers. This didn’t prevent 108 runners from lining up at the start line, amongst them a hardy bunch of nine Clayton Harriers. There was an excellent run from Jacob Boyle who was second with a time of 41:42. Alan Life was the 1st V50, 13th place overall, in 49:39. Katy Thompson was 1st V60 lady and Linda Lord was 1st V65 lady
Thursday 6th August
This 10k trail race takes in the beautiful scenery of Cuerden Valley park and is the final of 3 summers runs. Four club members took part
Todmorden 5K Summer Series
Another popular series, the Todmorden 5k Summer series came to a conclusion this week.
17 Harriers, from junior members to Vet 60s, took part. Following on from a great result at Whittle Pike the day before, Jacob Boyle finished in first place with a time of 16:27. In 4th place overall Dan Balshaw was the first senior male finisher as the first three were all U23. Junior runners Jackson McKay and Lennon Jackson took the first and second junior positions.
|79||Elouise Sylkie Pemberton||F||24:05|
Todmorden 5k Series – Final Standings
In the final standings Jacob Boyle, Dan Balshaw and Jacob Watson were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the series. Laura Hesketh and Amanda Duffy were 2nd and 4th ladies in the final standings.
Jackson McKay and Lennon Jackson were 1st and 2nd U12 males. Jacob Boyle was 1st U23. Dan Balshaw and Jacob Watson were 1st and 2nd Senior Men. Paul Walsh and Robert Hirst were 2nd and 3rd M60.
Sophie Ashworth was 1st U14 female, Laura Hesheth was 2nd Senior Woman. Amanda Duffy was 2nd W35.
Elouise Pemberton was the most improved female runner of the series. Sophie Ashworth was the 3rd most improved.
Friday 7th August
Padiham Jubilee 5 Mile Race
A low key 5 mile off road race that takes in the Padiham Greenway,and a section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. 45 runners took part. 11 club members ran this event.
Race Report from Jonathan Pye
“A rather undiscovered gem of a race took place on Friday, starting in Padiham Memorial Park. The 50 or so runners that took part made their way up the Greenway (stoutly ignoring the 5k markings from the Grand Prix race a month or so ago). The leading duo of Danny Collinge and Nick Gaskell battled it out for most of the race that wound itself along the canal before the chance arose to power back down the Greenway. Energy had to be conserved for a final pull back the A6068 that concluded the race, luckily the juniors took to the sidelines to cheer on all the runners.
Danny eventually stretched out into the lead to claim an impressive win with Trawden AC’s Nick Gaskell claiming second and Dale Grimshaw claiming third. Jonathan Pye (myself) finished 4th, hunted down by Richard Stevenson who might have caught me were it not for the loss of a shoe on the final mile, meaning he had to settle for a nevertheless impressive 6th place. A really pleasant run ended with a generous award ceremony back at the Football Club with a lot of Clayton and Trawden AC runners (out in full force) enjoying the evening. Well done to everyone who took part.”
Sarah Whittaker was our first lady finisher with Avril Duckworth hot on her heels.
Ryan Clarke was the first junior finisher and 12th overall in the race.
Full Results ( hard copy given out at presentation)
Saturday 8th August
Arncliffe Gala Fell Races
Tim Edward and Andrew Firth took part in this BOFRA race and a group of juniors competed in the junior races. Briony Holt’s championship campaign continues to flourish and she was first girl in the U14s. Jenson Bentham also continues to perform superbly and was the winner of the U9s race. Strong performances from all of our junior runners were in evidence and they continue to make us proud!
Briony Holt was 6th overall in the Under 14s race and 1st girl. She just needs one more win out of a possible 4 to retain the British championship. Jenson Bentham set a new course record also,and is over the moon.
|6||Briony Holt 1st Girl||9:90|
Sunday 9th August
Blackpool Air Show 10K
Ten Clayton Harriers took to the promenade to race the Blackpool Air Show 10K. Some great runs from all of them 1st Vet 75 for Ted Orrell and 2nd place age category finishes for Fabienne Richmond, Ryan Clarke and David Scott.
Boulsworth Fell Race
Senior Race Report from Andy Armstrong
“Boulsworth Fell race is the final fixture in the very popular Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series and is always well supported. Previous years have been wet but today was mild & breezy; perfect running weather. The course is not one for the pure (i.e slow) fell runner as it has a long fast track & tarmac section at the beginning and end, rather it flatters the faster runners who can cope with the relatively short climb and descent on Boulsworth.
I got a fast start, knowing that I’d need the time in hand when we approached the foot of the hill. Passing Jordan McDonald halfway up the hill gave me a moment of panic that I’d overcooked it but all he could say was “I don’t feel well” so that was reassuring (sorry Jordan!). Carl Helliwell chased me off Boulsworth and as we came back onto the return leg a group of runners ahead (including Clayton’s Neil Hardiman) went wrong allowing Carl and I to leapfrog several places. The final run down the farm track and into the showground was eyeballs out, desperately fighting the urge to look back!
A big thank you to Trawden AC and all their marshalls for putting on a great race.”
|28||Michael O Donnell||M40||49:46|
Alan Dorrington Reports on the Junior races:
A select group of 3 Clayton Juniors were at the Boulsworth Junior races, held in conjunction with the annual Trawden Show. With great views across to both Pendle and Boulsworth Hills, a simple but quite taxing course of grassy field with draggy climbs greeted the U8,U10 and U12s with Ella Dorrington fighting off a host of Trawden juniors to win the Girls race and take 4th overall in the U12s. The contents of her finish line goody bag disappeared even quicker than her finish to the line…
The U14s took off to run further up the hillside on a longer course but with a smaller field. Briony Holt came in 1st Girl and Millie Stubbs in 3rd
Another set of PBs for lots of our parkrunners this weekend and some great finishes at Burnley and Pendle parkruns to boot. Club member, Bryan Searby, is organising a new parkrun event at Witton Park in Blackburn. Inaugural run set for Saturday 29th August.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 281 runners took part.
|5||Chris SNELL||19:14||VM35-39||New PB!|
|26||Richard JOHN||21:16||VM35-39||New PB!|
|36||Bryan SEARBY||22:02||VM40-44||New PB!|
|51||Carl CAREY||23:07||VM45-49||New PB!|
|65||James HICKIE||23:41||VM55-59||New PB!|
|73||Donna AIREY||24:19||SW30-34||New PB!|
|84||Ian HARGREAVES||24:48||VM50-54||New PB!|
|97||Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON||25:24||SW25-29||New PB!|
|122||Simon CLARKE||26:36||VM55-59||First Timer!|
|178||Bronia OLSZEWSKA||29:23||JW11-14||New PB!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 53 runners took part
|25||Molly HESKETH||27:05||JW11-14||New PB!|
Bolton parkrun – A total of 320 runners took part.
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 76 runners took part.
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 131 runners took part.
Keswick parkrun – A total of 126 runners took part.
|46||Lisa JOHNSON||25:46||VW40-44||First Timer!|
|121||Emily JOHNSON||44:51||JW10||First Timer!|
Marple parkrun – A total of 173 runners took part