Happy New Year

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Happy New Year

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.

Full Results

Wansfell Race

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.

Full Results

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.

Chris Holdsworth at the Auld Land Syne Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Chris Holdsworth at the Auld Land Syne Fell Race. Photo by Woodentops

Fourteen Clayton Harriers took part with some strong performances from our senior men. Wendy Dodds was our only lady runner.

Pos Name Cat Time
4 Christopher Holdsworth M 43:26
25 Breton Holdsworth MV40 48:02
28 Matt Perry M 49:06
42 Dave Bagot M 50:58
46 Dave Motley M 51:14
58 Colin Shuttleworth MV50 52:17
81 Neil Hardiman MV40 54:55
87 Sean Clare MV50 55:32
154 John Wilcock MV50 59:22
161 Nick Roscoe MV50 59:59
260 Wendy Dodds FV60 67:30
277 Colin Woolford MV40 68:41
317 Stephen Fish MV60 71:34
410 John Francis MV70 105:55

Full Results

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

Pos Name Cat Time
35 Chris Snell M 50:33
70 Andy Bradley V50 53:59

Full Results

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.

Billy Knox New Year Awakener. Photo by Graham Wright

Billy Knox New Year Awakener. Photo by Graham Wright

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
32 John Roche M55 (004/008) 00:23:35
48 Stephen Green M60 (002/008) 00:25:34
49 David McMullan M45 (008/010) 00:25:34
62 Vicky Heys F45 (002/008) 00:26:40
63 Angela Shian F35 (002/006) 00:26:40
75 Irene Roche F55 (002/004) 00:29:25
83 Robert Hirst M65 (004/006) 00:30:42
85 Julie Toman F45 (005/008) 00:30:53
89 Ron Chappell M65 (005/006) 00:31:47
98 Jack S. McGuire M60 (008/008) 00:34:23
100 Christine Leathley F65 (001/001) 00:35:41
102 Julia Taylor F55 (003/004) 00:37:33
103 Jean Knightley F55 (004/004) 00:37:33

Full Results

Nine Standards

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.

Pos Name   Time
1 Carl Bell Keswick 54.49
3 Victoria Wilkinson Bingley 58.48
59 Jon Sharples 1st V60 1:16:24
75 Wendy Dodds 1st LV60 1:21:03

120 ran

Full Results

Saturday 2 January 2016

Podium 5K

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.

Laura Hesketh at the Podium 5K race. Photo by David Belshaw

Jacob Watson at the Podium 5K. Photo by David Belshaw

A Race Results

Pos Name Cat Time
18 Jacob Watson M 17:53
20 Richard Stevenson M 18:23
21 Laura Hesketh F 18:51

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.

Full Results

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.

All ready for the Central Lancashire Half Marathon. Photo by Ian Hargreaves

All ready for the Central Lancashire Half Marathon. Photo by Ian Hargreaves

He finished in 270th place with a time of 1:57:37.

Full Results

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.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
20 Chris Snell M 00:31:55


Parkrun roundup

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.

Ron Chappell demonstrates the art of layering! Photo by David Belshaw

Ron Chappell demonstrates the art of layering! Photo by David Belshaw

Pos  parkrunner  Time Age Cat  Note 
3 Andy LAYCOCK 18:36 SM20-24 New PB!
5 Jonathan PYE 19:29 SM25-29
8 Jonathan CLEAVER 19:37 VM35-39 New PB!
9 Kevin DAVIES 19:47 VM50-54
16 Gareth BERRY 20:27 VM35-39
31 Nick COLLINSON 22:31 JM15-17
32 Andy QUINN 22:36 VM40-44
35 James BOULT 22:56 SM20-24
54 Helana WHITE 24:15 JW10
56 Julie DAWES 24:18 VW45-49
57 Colin WHITE 24:18 VM40-44
60 Sophie ASHWORTH 24:24 JW11-14
64 Adam STEVENSON 24:54 JM11-14
65 Richard STEVENSON 24:55 VM40-44
76 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 25:34 JW11-14
79 Donna SCOTT 25:48 VW50-54
92 Lisa JOHNSON 26:36 VW40-44
95 Carl CAREY 26:44 VM45-49
99 Diane ORRELL 27:01 SW30-34
103 Annabel WILCOCK 27:12 JW11-14
104 John WILCOCK 27:13 VM50-54
125 Stuart BARKER 28:12 VM45-49
141 Toby BIRTWISTLE 28:50 JM10
142 Justin BIRTWISTLE 28:50 VM40-44
148 Ron CHAPPELL 29:16 VM65-69
151 Bianca BENNETT 29:30 SW25-29
164 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 31:04 VW65-69
178 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 32:49 JW11-14
179 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 32:49 VW45-49
186 Judith CAREY 33:49 VW35-39
198 Aaron LUNDIE 35:47 JM11-14

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 160 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
44 Martin BRADY 25:30 VM50-54 First Timer!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 77 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
74 Robin PRICE 40:09 VM70-74

Pendle parkrun – A total of 50 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
2 John HARTLEY 21:04 VM55-59

Witton parkrun – A total of 95 runners took part

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
6 Michael CLARKE 21:43 VM40-44
53 Julie TOMAN 32:31 VW45-49


About the author

Adrienne Olszewska