Happy New Year! Despite widespread flooding and race cancellations all over the Christmas period, plenty of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers still managed to get out and about. Competing in races unaffected by floods, parkrunning doubles or finishing the Marcothon/Run Every Day December challenges.
Sunday December 27
Lancaster Festive 4K
Well done Julie Toman, our only runner in this event. She finished in 83rd place with a time of 20:10. 230 Runners took part.
Described by organisers, Ambleside AC, as not to be under estimated despite being short and sweet. The route is very steep and extremely rough underfoot. Slippery, wet conditions can make the descent treacherous and if the mist is down the ability to navigate is essential. Please also be aware that the road section at the beginning and end will not be closed to cars although it will be marshalled. Runners must take great caution especially when descending at speed and negotiating blind corners. Despite the horrendous flooding in the area, the race went ahead.
Report from Colin Woolford
Wansfell race went ahead on the 27th in stunning clear, mild conditions. Very wet under foot, slippy and loose on the descent. 125 runners started including three Clayton, myself, Andy Firth and one other chap I’d not met and didn’t get the chance to meet! No results posted as yet, not found any pics either although I definitely saw a posh camera or two! Cracking little race, although i was over a minute slower than last year
Up The Nab
Wendy Dodds was our sole runner in this Peak District race from Glossop Rugby Club. A 4 mile route with 1197ft of climb.
Thursday December 31
Auld Lang Syne Fell Race
A great run from Chrisopher Holdsworth earned him fourth place in this hugely popular end of the year fell race organised by Woodentops. Over 400 runners took part in this 6 mile race with 984ft of ascent with the elite runners being followed by runners in some fantastic fancy dress outfits. A fast and fun end to the fell running year for many.
Fourteen Clayton Harriers took part with some strong performances from our senior men. Wendy Dodds was our only lady runner.
Bowstones Fell Race
343 Runners took part in this 6.8 mile race with 1066ft of ascent. Chris Snell and Andy Bradley took part with Chris finishing in 35th place with a time of 50:33 and Andy coming in 70th place with a time of 53:59
Friday 1 January 2016
Billy Knox New Year’s Day Awakener
Colin Robinson receive an award today from Andy O’Sullivan MBE for 60 years of outstanding service to Rochdale Harriers at the Billy Knox New Years Day multi terrain Race. A baker’s dozen (13) Clayton-le-Moors Harriers kicked off the new year with this trail 5K. First finisher was John Roche in 32nd place with a time of 23:35. First lady was Vicky Heys in 62nd place with a time of 26:40.
|98||Jack S. McGuire||M60||(008/008)||00:34:23|
Jon Sharples reports on this 8 mile fell race with 1801 ft of ascent;
Wendy Dodds and I were Clayton’s representatives on a cool and slightly icy course. Run of the day was by Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers (and Denise Park’s Practice) who took the ladies record by over three minutes and came 3rd overall.
|59||Jon Sharples||1st V60||1:16:24|
|75||Wendy Dodds||1st LV60||1:21:03|
Saturday 2 January 2016
Eager to burn off some mince pies in a fast-paced 5k race saw a group of keen Harriers ready to run at this event.
A Race Results
Sheffield Open Cross Country Event
Report from Chris Thompson
Yesterday we went to Sheffield for the open cross country races. Having been to plenty of races in Yorkshire last year, although mainly being fell, I expected this to be a good turnout. We arrived at Graves Park and it looked a little quiet. When we collected the kids numbers I could see that not so many had registered so was hoping for more people to pay on the day. We walked the course which I can say was a very well marked out and challenging one; some parts quite muddy with some good twists and turns and some steep hill climbs.
First to race was Dexta whose course was a little longer than a normal under 11’s race with this being 2.5k. Nothing he hasn’t done before though. He put in a good run and finished second.
Then Liberty raced the same course and finished in 8th position.
Sunday 3 January 2016
Central Lancs Half Marathon
Well done Ian Hargreaves who took part in this half marathon and gained a new PB despite some harsh conditions in the last 8k.
He finished in 270th place with a time of 1:57:37.
Hit the Trail
A solo outing for Chris Snell at this 5 mile trail race organised by Belle Vue Racers. Over 350 runners took part.
Firstly a very well done to all our runners that made it to parkrun on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Some of you even did it twice on some of those days! All is back to normal now so here is the first ‘official’ parkrun roundup of the year.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 236 runners took part.
|3||Andy LAYCOCK||18:36||SM20-24||New PB!|
|8||Jonathan CLEAVER||19:37||VM35-39||New PB!|
|164||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||31:04||VW65-69|
Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 160 runners took part.
|44||Martin BRADY||25:30||VM50-54||First Timer!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 50 runners took part.
Witton parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part