We get knocked down but we get up again! Cross Country season has kicked off with some great results for the club and there have a few bumps and bruises too. Also this week, you have been branching out into cyclo-cross and triathlons and doing rather well. As always you have been spotted on the roads, trails and fells and the track to as lots of you came together for the AGM track meet.
Your Team Captains 2015/16
There are some changes to the team captains. Angela Shian and Irene Roche are continuing their roles of Road and Cross Country Ladies Captains respectively. Jean Brown has stepped down from the Fell position and Kath Brady is now the Ladies Fell Captain.
For the men, Tom Brewster has stepped down as Men’s Road Captain and is replaced by Chris Holdsworth. Chris Holdsworth is also taking the vacant Men’s Cross Country Captain role. Dave Motley is continuing as Men’s Fell Captain.
North West Junior Triathlon Series
Eleanor and Grace Root completed the NW Junior Triathlon series on 19th September, clocking up 19 Aquathlons/Triathlons between them. They competed in Carlisle, cycling on a tough grass course where Ellie managed to pick up a 3rd place. In the final race of the season at Salt Ayre in Lancaster, Grace put in a strong performance to come 12th in the T1’s with big sister Ellie coming 9th in a really strong field of T2’s. Both girls have worked very hard and are looking forward to the presentation evening in January where they will be able to celebrate completing the series.
Tuesday 22 September
Mandy Goth 5k
A quartet of our vet men took part in this 5K race that comprises a steep road climb, stony trail and two laps of the Brownhouse Wham reservoir.
Thursday 24 September
AGM Club Track Races
Over 60 club members of all ages turned up at Seedhill track for a set of track races.
For the younger members, there was a 2k (5 lap) race held first. 20 youngsters took part. Dexta and Liberty easily took the top 2 positions, using the shorter distance as a warm up event for the racing they would be doing over the weekend. It was a first time race for a number of our younger members and they all looked to be enjoying the competition immensely, so much so that Emily Johnson got quite carried away and completed an extra lap!
Race B was up next, this was billed as a race for club members with a 5K time of 21-30 minutes and there was a mix of junior and senior members. Ryan Clarke had a blistering run, hotly pursued by fellow juniors Simon Wilshaw and Lennon Jackson. Eleanor Root lead the girls race. They certainly gave the seniors a run for their money. First seniors were Angela Shian and Alison Dugdale with Andy Quinn leading in the senior men.
Race A was one for the fast guys and gals with the criteria being a sub 21 minute time. 15 club members toed the line. Danny Collinge easily led the way finishing in 16:53. Laura Hesketh was our only lady runner, finishing with a time of 18:29.
Till Hill Twilight Hill Race
Till hill Twighlight race is a 4.5 mile up hill only off road race, starting in Hurst Green climbing up too the trig point on Longridge fell in time to watch the sun set on Bleasdale and weather permitting the Yorkshire three peaks.
Garry Wilkinson was our only competitor as this took place on the same night as the AGM track races. He came third in a time of 27:43.
Results on the Till Hill Facebook Page
Saturday 26 September
Orton Fell Race
This race takes place in Penrith and is a 6.2 miles with 846ft of climb. Wendy Dodds was our sole competitor in this fell race. She finished in 60th place (1st FV60) with a time of 28:35
Red Rose Cross Country League – Astley Park
What a tremendous start to the cross country season! An excellent turnout of juniors meant we were able to field teams in the U11 Girls, U11 Boys, U13 Girls, U13 Boys (one of our runners is missing from the results) and U17 Men. We earned some great team positions with first places for U11 Boys, U13 Girls, U17 Men, and Over 45 Ladies. Second place positions for our Senior Men, Over 40 Men and Over 55 Ladies.
There were some great individual performances as well. Dexta Thompson won the U11 Boys race with Jenson Bentham and Finlay Stubbs finishing in the top 10 to make their 1st place team position. Millie Stubbs and Liberty Thompson finished in the top ten in the U13 Girls race. Jackson McKay was 3rd in the U13 boys. Top ten finishes were the order of the day for our U17 Men team as well. Helena Leathley was our first Clayton lady finisher and new Men’s Cross Country Captain, Christopher Holdsworth, was our first Clayton male finisher. Barry Mitchell and Richard Lawson were 1st and 3rd Vet 70 men.
Alas! Three trips to the medics with a dodgy knee, a turned ankle and a fall. Everyone is doing well, no lasting damage and, more importantly, all eager to come back and race another day!
U11 Girls – Team Position 9th
U11 Boys – Team Position 1st
U13 Girls – Team Position 1st
Under 13 Boys – Team Position (should be 5th)
Jay Bowman missing from results but likely position 28th time 14:34
U17 Men – Team Position 1st
Ladies Team Positions
A Team (Leathley/Shian/Roche) 7th | B Team (Heys/Burnett/Rushton) 17th
Over 35 A Team (Shian/Roche/Heys) 6th | Over 35 B Team (Burnett/Rushton/Terry) 14th
Over 45 A Team (Roche/Heys/Rushton) 1st | Over 45 B Team (Terry/Goss/Leathley) 10th
Over 55 (Roche/Goss/Leathley) 2nd
Senior Men U20
Vet 70 Men
Men’s Team Positions
Team A (Holdsworth/McDonald/Holdsworth/Bagot/Armstrong/McFarlane) 2nd
Team B (Holt/Helliwell/Aspinal/Briscoe/Snell/Life) 17th
Team A (Holdsworth/Armstrong/McFarlane/Holt) 2nd
Team B (Helliwell/Aspinall/Life/Wilcock) 12th
Team A (Aspinall/Life/Wilcock) 5th
Team B (White/Browning/Hickie) 11th
Ron Hill’s 77th Birthday 5K
With the first race of the cross country season already clashing with our club race at Theiveley Pike, just the great man himself took part in his eponymous birthday 5k.
Thieveley Pike Fell Race
Report from Michelle Butschok
This was my 2nd attempt at Thieveley Pike Fell Race; loved it the 1st time and it didn’t disappoint this time round. There was great weather for it and a great turnout. The 3rd hill is still a tough sting in the tail but I managed to pass a couple up the hill and beat last year’s time, as did my fellow Claytoner Rachel Todd so smiles all round!
Sunday 27 September
3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross
The 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross is staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park every year at the end of September. It is the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK. Three of our club members took part in this 38 mile course, of which 34 is rideable (20 cross and 18 road) and 5000 feet of climbing thrown in just for fun!
Paul Hesketh finished in under 4 hours giving him 1st class status. Neil Hardiman and Ryan Belshaw finished under 5 hours giving them 2nd class status. All finishers over 5 hours are given a merit so well done to all three of you!
English Schools Fell Running Championships
Report from Vicky McKay
English Schools Fell Championship race took place at Mytholmroyd. Jackson Mckay was up against the fantastic Bofra runners that he has been chasing all fell season (Fraser Sproul ,Sam Smith and Alexander Thompson). He managed to beat 2 of them to come 3rd. Fraser 1st and a boy from Bradford 2nd. A fantastic achievement as it was 3k with unforgiving hills. Well done Jackson xx
Well done to Briony Holt for her fantastic first half only to be snatched away with a superman dive. Great way to descend though in the back of the Mountain Rescue Vehicle. Hope it is not as bad as it looks, you did yourself proud though with the way you behaved. You will have to show them next year!
Kendal Sprint Triathlon
Nikki Kay took art in this event which involved a 400m swim, 18K bike ride and 5k run.
It was a very well organised, friendly, and welcoming event. Unfortunately, I hadn’t put the training in and so didn’t perform greatly. I finished in 1 hour 54. But that didn’t matter – it was a learning curve and a very enjoyable one at that. The great thing about a triathlon is that you all start at different times and so whilst out on the course no one really knows where you are position wise and everyone is so friendly. I will definitely be signing up for more.. with a little more preparation next time.
Described by the organisers as a fast and picturesque course that is run on good runnable roads, paths and some country lanes. The course, after the first start section is on a small gradual decline in terms of elevation. This makes the race feel down hill and makes for a really enjoyable running experience.
Dan Balshaw had a good run finishing in third place with a time of 36:16 and he was joined by fellow clubmates Stephen Biscomb, Ian Hargreaves and Elouise Pemberton.
Run Preston 2K Run
Congratulations to junior member Helana White who came second after battling it out with another junior girl from Blackburn Harriers.
Run Preston – 5K Race
Great runs from juniors Dexta and Liberty Thompson at this popular 5k event in Preston. Marion Wilkinson was our sole senior runner.
Run Preston – 10K Race
An outstanding run from Lennon Jackson in his first ever 10K on his 12th birthday in 117th place with a time of 45:13.
Amanda Duffy was our first senior finisher in 46:36. Lee Moore was our first senior male in 48:33. Clare Wilson is missing from the results but completed around the 53 minute mark and Kevin O’Brien finished a shade over the 1 hour mark.
*Clare Wilson is missing from the results.
Sutton Park 10K
The race begins and ends in the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Sutton on the Forest. The route includes parkland tracks through Sutton Park and Forest, quiet roads and parts of a former airfield.
Julie Toman took part in this multi-terrain 10K
Some great results and PBs at Burnley parkrun this week but were they chasing the nuns or running away from them?? Who knows…
Not much action further afield this week. John Hartley continues to dominate the top spot at Pendle and there were Harriers spotted at Witton, Dewsbury, Fell Foot and Penrith this week
Burnley parkrun – A total of 284 runners took part.
|3||Richard STEVENSON||18:08||VM40-44||New PB!|
|5||Terry O’LEARY||18:38||VM35-39||New PB!|
|25||Andrew WEBSTER||20:59||VM45-49||New PB!|
|108||Jackie KERSHAW||25:59||VW45-49||New PB!|
|167||Toby BIRTWISTLE||28:51||JM10||First Timer!|
|168||Justin BIRTWISTLE||28:53||VM40-44||First Timer!|
|233||Valerie LAWSON||33:25||VW70-74||New PB!|
|283||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||42:07||VW65-69|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part.
Witton parkrun – A total of 159 runners took part.
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 83 runners took part
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 144 runners took part
Penrith parkrun – A total of 86 runners took part
|47||Jude ASHWORTH||25:53||VW55-59||First Timer!|