Moustaches, medals and more mud!

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Moustaches, medals and more mud!

Another mudbath this week. After a rainy and wintry week it was a decidedly chilly and mucky affair at the Red Rose fixture in Bolton. There have been top five placings at the Todmorden 5k, FRA medals for the ladies and a first place at the MoRun event in Liverpool for Chris Holdsworth. Not to mention the roads and fells you’ve been hitting this week.

Thursday 19 November

Todmorden Park Winter 5k Series – Race 2

This was the second race of the series organised by Cannonball Events. A fast paced, 3 lap course around Todmorden Park. Five club members took part.  Daniel Balshaw finished in third place with Jacob Watson following in fourth. Elouise Pemberton was our sole lady runner along with team mates Ian Hargreaves and Paul Walsh

Pos Name Cat Time
3 Daniel Balshaw M 17:23
4 Jacob Watson M 18:41
6 Garry Wilkinson MV50 19:09
36 Elouise Sylkie Pemberton F 24:24
37 Ian Hargreaves MV50 24:26
43 Paul Walsh MV60 26:00

Full Results

Saturday 21 November

FRA Presentation & Badge Bar Blast

Congratulations to our fell running ladies for taking Bronze in the British Team LV40 Championship. Team members included Jean Brown, Wendy Dodds, Linda Lord, Katy Thompson and Barbara Savage. Individual medals were also awarded to Linda Lord and Wendy Dodds.

Bronze Medallists LV40 Team. L-R Jean Brown, LInda Lord, Katy Thompson and Wendy Dodds. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

Bronze Medallists LV40 Team. L-R Jean Brown, LInda Lord, Katy Thompson and Wendy Dodds. Photo by Garry Wilkinson

There was also a one-off race on the afternoon of the FRA Do which is to be held at The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere in 2015. 7 miles 2100ft (11km 700m) – The course runs up to Loughrigg summit then to Silver How summit and back the same way.

Harriers V Cyclists

A clear but cold day didn’t put people off and a record field of 280 runners and riders set off on the 5.5 mile circuit. Persistent rain for the past two weeks meant the ground was very wet and water-logged but overnight freezing temperatures and snow meant the ground was hard in certain summit locations so the debate raged as to whether the runners or the cyclists would win overall.

In the event with the first 9 to finish all being runners it became clear that the Harriers would win overall.

We had one Harrier, Jonny McKenna, and one cyclist, Paul Hesketh.  Jonny had a fantastic run finishing in 8th place ahead of the first of the cyclists.

Jonny McKenna at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Jonny McKenna at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Paul Hesketh was 91st place over and 17th cyclist. Well done to both of them in what looked like a tough event but great fun!

Paul Hesketh at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Paul Hesketh at the Harriers v Cyclists race. Photo by the Woodentops

Pos Name Cat Time
8 Jonny McKenna M – Runner 00:33:17
91 Paul Hesketh MV50 – Cyclist 00:47:56

Full Results

MoRun – Liverpool

Well done Christopher Holdsworth who was first in this charity 10K in Liverpool. Representing the Clayton Ladies was Sophie McIntosh.

Movember Runners Sophie McIntosh and Christopher Holdsworth

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Christopher Holdsworth M 33:17
357 Sophie McIntosh F 1:05:06

Full Results

Red Rose Cross Country – Bolton

Another great turnout of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers on an extremely cold and chilly day at Leverhulme Park in Bolton.

Ryan Clarke warming up with the aid of Vimto

Ryan Clarke warming up with the aid of Vimto

Our junior members were out in force and put in some great performances despite the near freezing conditions.  There were top ten finishes for Dexta Thompson and Ella Dorrington in the U11 races, Jackson McKay in the U13s, Briony Holt in the U15s, Curtis Holt and Alice Pier in the U17s, and George Pier in the U20s.

U11 Boys

Team Position 4th (D Thompson | F Stubbs | J Bentham)

Pos Name Time
2 Dexta Thompson 6:55
15 Finlay Stubbs 7:51
24 Jenson Bentham 8:07
35 William Nicholls 8:21
39 Matthew Jackson 8:31
56 Joshua McKay 9:12

U11 Girls

Team Position 9th (E Dorrington | H White | M Maccabe)

Pos Name Time
3 Ella Dorrington 7:36
29 Helana White 8:32
89 Millie Maccabe 11:58

U13 Boys

Team Position 6th (J McKay | A Stevenson | L Jackson)

Pos Name Time
5 Jackson McKay 12:15
30 Adam Stevenson 13:45
32 Lennon Jackson 13:49

U13 Girls

Team Position 6th (L Thompson | M Stubbs | C Bentham)

Pos Name Time
13 Liberty Thompson 14:04
28 Millie Stubbs 15:08
49 Claudia Bentham 15:58
51 Natasha Olszewska 16:01
60 Keira Stevenson 17:39
63 Bronia Olszewska 20:07

U15 Girls

Pos Name Time
6 Briony Holt 17:40
32 Lucy Stevenson 23:43

U17 Men

Team Position 2nd (C Holt | S Wilshaw | R Clarke)

Pos Name Time
8 Curtis Holt 21:43
14 Simon Wilshaw 24:07
15 Ryan Clarke 24:16

U17 Women

Pos Name Time
11 Alice Pier 25:52

U20 Men

Pos Name Time
3 George Pier 40:00

U20 Women

Pos Name Time
8 Bethany Quinn 27:52

Senior Women

The muddy and wintry conditions did not deter our hardy ladies who put in a determined performance to finish 6th place for both the senior and vet teams. Helena Leathley was our first lady finisher with Orlaith O’Mahony  our second.  Irene Roche was our third lady and first vet lady finisher. Great to see Bianca Bennett getting stuck in after a recent trip to the warmer climes of Australia – bit of a shock to the system I should think!

Clayton Ladies unfazed by the freezing conditions and mud! Photo courtesy of Irene Roche

Clayton Ladies unfazed by the freezing conditions and mud! Photo courtesy of Irene Roche

Team Position 6th (H Leathley | Otlaithe O’Mahony| I Roche)

Vets Team 6th (I Roche | V Heys | A Shian )

Pos Name Cat Time
17 Helena Leathley L 24:17
33 Orlaith O’Mahony L 25:30
42 Irene Roche LV55 26:04
45 Vicky Heys LV40 26:20
52 Donna Airey L 26:47
54 Angela Shian LV35 26:57
65 Bethany Quinn LU20 27:52
73 Julia Rushton LV50 28:13
89 Kathryn Brady LV50 29:30
93 Bianca Bennett L 29:45
121 Karin Goss LV65 33:51
128 Susan Allen LV55 36:30
131 Christine Leathley LV65 37:52

Senior Men

George Pier was our first man over the finish. Richard Stevenson was our second man and first vet man over the line. Again some strong and competitive running despite the bitter temperatures on the day.

Team Position 7th (G Pier| R Stevenson| C Helliwell| M Duckworth| C Snell| A Orr)

Vets Team 6th (R Stevenson| C Helliwell| A Orr | M Clarke)

Pos Name Cat Time
34 George Pier MU20 40:00
48 Richard Stevenson MV40 41:29
57 Carl Helliwell MV40 42:00
60 Matthew Duckworth M 42:08
75 Chris Snell M 43:20
83 Andrew Orr MV45 43:45
100 Michael Clarke MV40 45:12
107 Jonathan Cleaver M 45:54
127 John Wilcock MV50 47:52
128 Andy Quinn MV40 48:01
133 Chris Paul M 48:18
148 James Hickie MV55 49:43
170 Peter Browning MV55 52:26
179 Craig Nicholls MV40 53:48

 Full Results

Sunday 22 November

Arnside Knott FR

Chris Snell and Wendy Dodds took part in this cenic course above Morecambe Bay and the Kent Estuary. Its a 5.5 mile race with 919ft of climb.

Report from Chris Snell

The race was held in Silverdale, North Lancashire. The weather was perfect and the countryside beautiful. I set off at a good pace and attempted to keep close to the front pack on the first climb out of Hollins Farm. I lost a couple of places as I turned my ankle on a rock but got going again. the terrain levelled out through the woodlands and  I soon whizzed past a couple of ‘Borrowdale’ runners on a slippery limestone descent in my new ‘sticky’ fell shoes. The track turned into a flat road so  I set a good pace (knowing I had a steep climb in front of me).

Chris Snell at the Arnside Knott Fell Race.

Chris Snell at the Arnside Knott Fell Race.

Through a couple of (annoying) swing gates and up the steep climb to the trig point at the top of Arnside Knott. Made slightly easier with lots of cheers from passing ramblers and my family up for the day to watch. Back down from the trig as fast as I could over loose rocks and limestone. The annoying swing gates worked in my favour as my running opponent ‘Helm Hill’ just in front of me got stuck! and I caught and passed him. I set a good pace again on the tarmac through New Barns Bay and back into the woods, I managed to catch a group of 3 lads and overtook them on the descent back into Hollins Farm, Silverdale. The cake and beer was well deserved for the 160 runners.

Position Name Category Time
20 Chris Snell MSEN 40.29
77 Wendy Dodds W60 50.26

Full Results

Chorley Fire 10K

Described by the organisers as a great country route around the local villages of Euxton and Astley Vilage. This is an undulating two lap course on very quiet roads.

Stephen Hall and Kevin O’Brien took part with Stephen finishing in 21st place overall with a time of 38:49 and Kevin O’ Brien was 349th with a time of 1:01:53. 409 runners took part.

Place Name Category Time
21 Stephen Hall M40 38:49.07
349 Kevin O’Brien M65 1:01:53.90

Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Bolton parkrun – A total of 202 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
65 Nerina GILL 25:51 VW45-49
201 Julia RUSHTON 50:15 VW50-54

Burnley parkrun – A total of 192 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jonathan PYE 18:27 SM25-29
5 Andrew PAYNE 19:39 VM35-39
15 James BOULT 21:19 SM20-24
22 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:50 JM15-17
23 Stuart PROCTOR 21:55 VM35-39
37 Elizabeth MULLAN 23:20 SW30-34
39 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:30 JW11-14
52 Julie DAWES 24:07 VW45-49
55 Ian HARGREAVES 24:09 VM50-54
68 Donna SCOTT 24:59 VW50-54
71 Elouise Sylkie PEMBERTON 25:11 SW25-29
83 Lisa JOHNSON 26:14 VW40-44
89 Annabel WILCOCK 26:43 JW11-14
90 John WILCOCK 26:45 VM50-54
96 Diane ORRELL 27:16 SW30-34
108 Ron CHAPPELL 27:58 VM65-69
109 Aaron LUNDIE 288:04 JM11-14
117 Robert HIRST 28:46 VM65-69
120 Deborah GREENWOOD 29:01 VW45-49
149 Judith CAREY 32:02 VW35-39 New PB!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 91 runners took part.
(fault with timings – all runners listed as 59:59)

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
87 Robin PRICE 59:59 VM70-74

Heaton parkrun – A total of 433 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
203 Julie TOMAN 27:46 VW45-49
242 Eileen JONES 29:30 VW60-64

Pendle parkrun – A total of 43 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 John HARTLEY 20:51 VM55-59
17 Martin BRADY 24:50 VM50-54

South Manchester Junior parkrun – A total of 48 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Dexta THOMPSON 07:40 JM10 New PB!
11 Kady THOMPSON 10:01 JW10 First Timer!

Western Springs parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part.

Inaugural run in Auckland

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
15 Alan LIFE 20:23 VM50-54 First Timer!
58 Carol LIFE 26:18 VW50-54 First Timer!

Witton parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
6 Garry R WILKINSON 19:26 VM50-54
17 Nick COLLINSON 22:39 JM15-17
30 Katy THOMPSON 25:05 VW60-64
34 George THOMPSON 25:16 VM65-69 New PB!
66 Toby BIRTWISTLE 31:05 JM10 First Timer!
67 Justin BIRTWISTLE 31:05 VM40-44 First Timer!




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Adrienne Olszewska