Easter is here and you have been out on the hunt for championships, wins, great finishes and PBs all over the place. The Lancashire Fell Championships was awash with Clayton successes and you have been making your presence felt on the roads, fells, lakesides and parks.
Happening this week
Your captains have a few reminders for you this week; a couple of club championship races and the Mid Lancs presentation evening
- In the Fell championship it’s the Pete Hartley Memorial Liver Hill race at 18:45 on Tuesday 29th March.
- In the Road Championship it’s the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd April.
- Mid Lancs Presentation Evening. Clayton Juniors, Ladies and Men: Come and join in with celebrating all our achievements this season! You can order tickets in advance or pay on the door.Friday 8th April at 8pm, Bamber Bridge CCM Club. Senior tickets £7, Junior tickets £5. Full details are at http://www.midlancs.org.uk/XC/buytickets16.pdf
Friday 25 March
Caldervale Country 10
Second place for Breton Holdsworth, our sole Clayton runner in this 10 mile race over undulating, quiet country roads.
Caldervale Fun Run
Well done to Helana White who was second in this race. A great result for her after her 3rd place in Burnley Schools Cross Country last week. Fellow junior club mates Roanna and Finan Holdsworth took top twenty positions accompanied by senior runners Colin White and Jack Maguire.
A dynamic duo of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took to the roads of Salford in a field of 573 runners for this popular and fast paced 10k road race. Stephen Biscomb was our first finisher in 200th place overall, with a time of42:16 and 3rd Vet60 in the race. Representing the ladies was Vicky Heys wo was 327th with a time of 48:066.
Saturday 26 March
Rivington Pike Fell Race
Report from James Boult
It was heading on for 2 in the afternoon before I decided to make the trip over to Bolton to join the ten other Harriers taking part in the 3pm Rivington Pike fell race. The 5km event started from close to The Queens Head pub, and headed up to the courses namesake before a fast descent took us back to the start finish point. 264 competitors, among them Ron Hill – there to compete in his 40th and final Rivington Pike event – took part in what was a fast paced affair, taking in some lovely scenery and a testing climb.
Danny Collinge was the first Clayton home in 7th place, with Jacob Boyle in 9th. Richard Briscoe and myself made up the top four for Clayton – giving us 5th place in the team results. Ron Hill crossed the finish in a very respectable 38:43 to complete an incredible milestone at Rivington Pike.
Sunday 27 March
Well done Julie Toman who was our sole representative at the Guiseley Gallop, a popular 10K event on tracks, trails, canal bank, towpath and roads . She finished in 325th place with a time of 01:03:33 There were 432 runners in the race.
Julie Toman Reports
It’s the third year I’ve done the Guiseley Gallop now and this year it was a new route due to a bridge being washed away. I thought it was a much better route as it was almost all woodland trail, with very little road and with it being mostly dry recently, was quite firm under foot. Good route, bottle of beer/wine for every finisher, all good!
Monday 28 March
Hollingworth Lake 5K
Nine Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this fast, flat and scenic 5K run around Hollingworth Lake. Jacob Watson was our first finisher in 13th place with a time of 17:37. He was joined in the top twenty finishers by Jonathan Pye who was 18th with a time of 17:46. Julie Dawes was our first lady finisher in 127th place with a time of 23:11.
Report from Judith Carey
As a new runner, the Hollingworth Lake 5k race in 2015 was my first ever race. I had only been running approximately 6 months, mainly park run events. So 12 months on from last years race and JR’s winter training I was very keen to see my progress today!
We did a recce dog walk of the route on Saturday as the course had changed slightly from last years race and it helped me know what to expect from the race today and how far the final stretch was to the finish.
I was hoping the weather would be as per the brochure with the sun shining and an ice cream van…well almost!! The rain held off, it was cloudy and very breezy on one half of the lake, but as we ran round it became nice and sheltered!
I really enjoyed the new route, it’s a good flat course with a fast downhill start, I got carried away with the other runners at first and then slowed my pace down so I didn’t burnout. Around 4K my lace became unfastened and I wished I’d remembered to tuck them in my laces lol! I didn’t stop to fasten it because I knew it would affect my time so I was distracted from the pain of running my last 1k thinking about whether I would fall over in my sprint finish! With an incline to the finish line, increased pace, avoiding the pot holes on final stretch and watching my lace flapping I crossed the line knocking 3:47 mins off last years time and a 5k PB.
As usual I was nervous at the start and I finished thinking I felt I could go faster…so I know I’ve more speed to come!
It was great to run with other Claytoners and I always appreciate the support and cheering me to finish line! Well done everyone who ran today, some great results and PB’s .
Hollingworth Lake Golden Mile Fun Run
Three juniors and one senior took part in this traffic free race. Liberty Thompson was the first finisher in 3rd place overall with her sister Kady in 14th place and brother Felix in 21st. Jack Maguire was our senior runner and he finished in 18th place.
Lancashire Fell Championships
Plenty of Clayton Harriers took part in the Lancashire Fell Championships in Sabden on Easter Monday. With the event taking part on our doorstep on familiar stomping ground, it’s no surprise that Team Clayton took plenty of prizes at this event.
Our Juniors did very well winning the U12 Champion title for both boys and girls, Jackson McKay and Ella Dorrington. In the Under 14 race, Briony Holt had a great run finishing in second place and first girl becoming Lancashire Champion. They also took team awards.
Our senior runners were out in force with Chris Holdsworth our first finisher and second place overall with Danny Collinge in third and Jacob Boyle taking fifth place gaining a team award as well.
Awaiting Full Results
Burnley parkrun – A total of 338 runners took part.
|24||Robbie SMEDLEY||21:18||JM10||New PB!|
|32||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||22:08||JM15-17|
|41||Helana WHITE||22:26||JW10||New PB!|
|74||David NIELD||24:14||VM55-59||New PB!|
|146||Danny PILKINGTON||27:20||VM35-39||New PB!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 103 runners took part.
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 207 runners took part.
|90||Jude ASHWORTH||26:11||VW55-59||First Timer!|
Keswick parkrun – A total of 158 runners took part.
|48||Martin BRADY||25:45||VM50-54||First Timer!|
Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 141 runners took part.
|101||Martin TERRY||32:39||VM55-59||First Timer!|
Pendle parkrun – A total of 125 runners took part.
|83||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||32:15||VW65-69|
Witton parkrun – A total of 101 runners took part.