A Champion Weekend

ByAdrienne Olszewska

A Champion Weekend

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.

Breton Holdsworth at the Calder Vale 10 Mile Race.

Breton Holdsworth at the Calder Vale 10 Mile Race.

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Breton Holdsworth MV40 1:00:05

Full Results

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.

Finan and Roanna Holdsworth and Helana White at the Calder Vale fun run

Finan and Roanna Holdsworth and Helana White at the Calder Vale fun run

Pos Name Time
2 Helana White 27:43
5 Colin White 29:22
10 Roanna Holdsworth 34:34
16 Finan Holdsworth 37:35
20 Jack Maguire 38:11

Full Results

Salford 10K

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.

Pos    Forename    Cat    Time     
200 Stephen Biscomb M60 00:42:16
327 Vicky Heys F45 00:48:06

Full Results

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.

Ron Hill and James Boult at the Rivington Pike Fell Race

Ron Hill and James Boult at the Rivington Pike Fell Race

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.

Pos Name Cat Time
7 Danny Collinge MU23 19:12
9 Jacob Boyle MU23 19:36
97 Richard Briscoe M 23:59
107 James Boult M 24:31
144 Stephen Breckell MV65 26:22
173 Peter Browning MV55 27:59
191 Geoff Smith MV40 28:52
209 Stephen Fish MV60 29:30
211 Andrew Walmsley MV60 29:36
261 John Francis MV70 38:43
262 Ron Hill MV75 38:43

Full Results

Sunday 27 March

Guiseley Gallop

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

Julie Toman at the Guisley Gallop. Photo by Wooden tops

Julie Toman at the Guisley Gallop. Photo by Wooden tops

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!

Full Results

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


L-R Julie Dawes, Hayley Copeman , Judith Carey, Carl Carey and Ian Hargreaves

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 .

Pos Name Cat Time
13 Jacob Watson M 17:37.7
18 Jonathan Pye M 17:46.0
23 Carl Carey M45 22:47.9
42 Michael Clarke M40 19:05.6
77 Stephen Biscomb M60 20:46.6
111 Lee Moore M 22:37.9
127 Julie Dawes W40 23:11.6
138 Ian Hargreaves M50 23:41.7
202 Judith Carey W35 30:37.6

Full Results

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.

Pos Name Time
3 Liberty Thompson 5:14.7
14 Kady Thompson 6:02.7
18 Jack Maguire 6:15.5
21 Felix Thompson 6:27.5

Full Results

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 Junior Lancashire Fell Champions

Our Junior Lancashire Fell Champions

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.

Start of the senior race at the Lancashire Fell Championships. Photo by David Belshaw

Start of the senior race at the Lancashire Fell Championships. Photo by David Belshaw

Awaiting Full Results

Parkrun roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 338 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Jacob WATSON 18:24 SM30-34
5 Jonathan PYE 19:00 SM25-29
6 Richard STEVENSON 19:12 VM40-44
7 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:28 SM25-29
9 Chris SNELL 19:44 VM35-39
11 Dave MOTLEY 20:02 SM30-34
15 Michael CLARKE 20:27 VM40-44
19 Simon WILSHAW 20:43 JM15-17
21 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:58 JM11-14
24 Robbie SMEDLEY 21:18 JM10 New PB!
32 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 22:08 JM15-17
33 Adam QUINN 22:09 JM11-14
41 Helana WHITE 22:26 JW10 New PB!
42 Robert MORRISON 22:27 VM40-44
43 Donna RILEY 22:29 VW50-54
52 Andrew WEBSTER 23:07 VM45-49
54 Stuart PROCTOR 23:20 VM35-39
64 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:44 JW11-14
65 Lee MOORE 23:46 VM35-39
72 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 24:05 JM10
74 David NIELD 24:14 VM55-59 New PB!
85 Julie DAWES 24:36 VW45-49
86 Ian HARGREAVES 24:38 VM50-54
90 Colin WHITE 24:50 VM40-44
107 Jenson BENTHAM 25:32 JM10
108 Donna SCOTT 25:33 VW50-54
110 Beth QUINN 25:42 JW15-17
111 Andy QUINN 25:43 VM40-44
123 John WILCOCK 26:25 VM50-54
125 Annabel WILCOCK 26:27 JW15-17
126 Toby BIRTWISTLE 26:27 JM10
127 Justin BIRTWISTLE 26:28 VM40-44
146 Danny PILKINGTON 27:20 VM35-39 New PB!
152 Kady THOMPSON 27:29 JW10
156 Philip NAYLOR 27:34 VM35-39
167 Stuart BARKER 27:54 VM45-49
172 Ron CHAPPELL 28:01 VM65-69
182 Julie TOMAN 28:33 VW45-49
209 Robert HIRST 29:30 VM65-69

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 103 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
100 Robin PRICE 36:26 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 207 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
63 Wendy DODDS 24:05 VW65-69
90 Jude ASHWORTH 26:11 VW55-59 First Timer!

Keswick parkrun – A total of 158 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
48 Martin BRADY 25:45 VM50-54 First Timer!

Lyme Park parkrun – A total of 141 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
101 Martin TERRY 32:39 VM55-59 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 125 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 John HARTLEY 19:57 VM55-59
4 Paul BRANNON 20:33 VM55-59
5 Jackson MCKAY 20:37 JM11-14
38 Lennon JACKSON 24:53 JM11-14
47 Matthew JACKSON 26:05 JM10
52 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 27:39 JW11-14
60 Joshua MCKAY 28:55 JM10
74 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 30:37 VW45-49
83 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 32:15 VW65-69
88 Adam STEVENSON 32:56 JM11-14
89 Lucy STEVENSON 33:07 JW11-14
91 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 34:08 JW11-14

Witton parkrun – A total of 101 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
41 Julia RUSHTON 28:01 VW50-54


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Adrienne Olszewska