March Hare-iers

As we head into March, it’s been a bumper weekend for our Harriers who have been out and about in large numbers all over the country this weekend, on the fells, the country,  the roads and the trails. And in the pool. With the bulk of the fell action coming on Saturday, it was onto the road and trail for Sunday on what must have been the busiest weekend of the year so far with some great performances from Juniors and Seniors alike.

Saturday 12th March

Black Combe Fell Race

Heading up into the clag at Black Combe. Pic: Rupert Bonington

Heading up into the clag at Black Combe. Pic: Rupert Bonington

It was an eventful day up on the South Western Lakeland fells for the first big fell race of the year, the English Championships round at Black Combe (AM). A large contingent of Clayton runners made the trip over to Silecroft to be greeted by drizzle and low cloud obscuring the fell.

With visibility down to 20m in places, getting lost featured heavily for a large number of competitors, from the race leaders back through the field. Danny Collinge seemed to have a clean run and led the Clayton runners home in 48th place. Chris Holdsworth, Sean Clare and Alan Dorrington were among others who added (significant) extra optional loops and climbs onto what was already a tough 8 miles.

Position Name Cat Time
48 Danny Collinge MU23 01:20:38
83 Matt Perry M 01:23:55
107 Carl Helliwell MV40 01:25:29
117 Garry Wilkinson MV50 01:28:37
132 Dave Motley M 01:29:53
141 Christopher Holdsworth M 01:30:48
149 Ryan Wilkinson M 01:31:45
151 Jordan Mcdonald MU23 01:32:07
163 Alan Life MV50 01:33:12
177 Jacob Boyle MU23 01:33:58
204 Matthew Duckworth M 01:35:10
210 Andrew McFarlane MV45 01:35:29
212 David Bagot M 01:35:35
218 Chris Snell M 01:36:38
230 Paul Hesketh MV50 01:38:33
248 Brian Horrocks MV55 01:40:32
250 Jack Holt MV65 01:40:43
261 Jon Sharples MV60 01:42:33
287 Richard Briscoe M 01:45:25
321 George Pier MU23 01:50:04
353 Richard Bellaries MV60 01:55:18
359 Chris Paul M 01:55:42
386 Paul Wale MV45 02:00:37
389 David Horrocks MV50 02:00:52
402 Andrew Firth MV55 02:03:45
411 Kieran Carr MV70 02:05:10
415 Katy Thompson FV60 02:06:15
422 Linda Lord FV65 02:08:39
438 Alan Dorrington MV45 02:13:57
457 Chris Whiteoak MU23 02:20:52
458 Sean Clare MV50 02:21:09
464 Michael Frost MV60 02:25:19


Chris Holdsworth up with the leaders at the start of the first climb.

Full results

Haworth Hobble

The Haworth Hobble is a popular event with its very runnable route covering many of the best bits of the hills and moors of Bronte Country.

Nicholas Olszewska at the Hobble. Pic: Sport Sunday

Nicholas Olszewski at the Hobble. Pic: Sport Sunday

Martin Brady sends this report from the Hobble:

“It is quite a few years since I last ran the 32 mile Haworth Hobble and I thought I might have a go this year to see if I can still run that far after recent changes. The route covers about 32 miles from Haworth, Top Withins, Widdop, Gorple, Long Causeway, Makinholes, Stoodley Pike, Hebden Bridge, Hardcasle Crags, Top Of Stairs, Penistone Hill and then back to Haworth.
The weather was good and I even set off in a tee shirt and vest (8am start). I decided to run at a very steady pace and felt good up to Stoodley Pike. The descent into Hebden Bridge is a steep tarmac road which for some reason I found very difficult to relax on. It was then I began to feel the miles (about 24 miles). The next few miles to Top Of Stairs were a bit slow and painful but I got a second wind knowing there was only a few miles left. It may have been my slowest run on the course by a long way but it was probably the most rewarding. It is a great atmosphere running in these races.”

Martin Brady at the Howarth Hobble. Photo by Scott Leach

Martin Brady at the Howarth Hobble. Photo by Scott Leach

Having way too much fun at the Haworth Hobble. Photo by Scott Leach

Having way too much fun at the Haworth Hobble. Photo by Scott Leach

Position Name Cat Time
11 Simon Halliday/Martin Terry MV50 04:59:09
38 Nicholas Olszewski MV55 05:23:28
164 Martin Brady MV50 06:26:30
260 Adrienne Olszewska FV45 07:48:15

Full results

Dentdale 14.2

Breton Holdsworth made a return to this 14.2 mile road race around the lanes surrounding the village of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. One of the most scenic races of the year, it attracts a strong field of over 500 runners. Breton came in 5th overall and 3rd Vet40 in 1:27:33.

Full results

Junior Summer Series

The Clayton Juniors were in action at the Colne Parkrun as part of their Summer (!) Series with Jackson McKay 2nd overall and 1st Clayton Boy, and Ella Dorrington, 2nd Female overall and 1st Clayton Girl. Full Parkrun results further below.

Inter Counties XC

Continuing her excellent series of results, Briony Holt represented Lancashire in the Inter Counties Cross-Country (U15 Girls) at Cofton Park Birmingham, finishing 95th out of 302 runners as well as 3rd Lancashire runner.

Louisa Powell-Smith was 54th and 2nd Lancashire counter in the Ladies race.

Briony Holt

Briony Holt


Sunday 13th March

Roddlesworth Roller 9km / Daffodil Doddle 2.2km

With the adults running the Roller and the Juniors running the Doddle, a beautiful Spring day had finally arrived for these popular trail events starting from Abbey Village. In the Roller, Lee Smith led the Clayton men home in 4th place and Julie Toman was 30th woman.

In the Doddle, Dexta Thompson was back on form with 4th place and a win in his M10 age category, only just behind some much older runners.  Overall, it was a Thompson family affair with Liberty 3rd in F13, Kady 6th in F9 and Felix 3rd in M6. Well done the Thompsons!

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
4 Lee Smith M (003/047) 00:35:31
12 Peter Coates M (007/047) 00:37:35
97 Daniel Isherwood M (029/047) 00:45:37
171 Julie Toman F40 (011/029) 00:55:17
186 Ron Chappell M65 (004/005) 00:58:07
207 Kevin O’Brien M70 (002/004) 01:02:17

Full results Roller

Full results Doddle

Salt Ayre Aquathon

Two Clayton Juniors, Ellie Root and Helena White were in action at the Salt Ayre Aquathlon, part of the NW Junior Triathlon Series. Sam Root reports:

‘Ellie had a good swim over the 500m distance and had an especially strong last 50m. She continued to look strong in the 3400m run and finished in 3rd place in the Girls Youth category. Ellie enjoyed the race and is looking forward to the rest of the NW Junior Series’.

Helena also had a strong run (registering fastest split after an age category record in Pendle Park Run the day before) and came 3rd overall in the T1 age group. Well done to our Junior triathletes!

Helena White flat out at Salt Ayre.

Helena White flat out at Salt Ayre.

Sweatshop 10 Mile

Clayton had good representation at the Bispham based Sweatshop 10, back after it’s first running last year. The flat Fylde coast course promises fast running (wind permitting) and Danny Collinge swapped his fell shoes for road shoes to get 2nd place in 55:26, a very impressive effort given the tough racing the day before at Black Combe. Amanda Duffy was first Clayton woman home in 124th overall and 3rd in her age category.

Amanda Duffy at the Sweatshop 10 mile race at Bispham

Amanda Duffy at the Sweatshop 10 mile race at Bispham

Danny Pilkington at the Sweatshop 10 mile race in Bispham

Danny Pilkington at the Sweatshop 10 mile race in Bispham

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
2 Danny Collinge M (002/025) 00:55:26
11 Jacob Watson M (005/025) 00:59:31
29 Kevin Davies M50 (003/027) 01:03:32
83 Stephen Biscomb M60 (003/017) 01:12:46
93 Robert Morrison M40 (017/019) 01:13:41
94 Andy Quinn M40 (018/019) 01:13:44
124 Amanda Duffy F35 (003/007) 01:19:31
125 Colin White M40 (019/019) 01:19:33
136 Angela Shian F35 (005/007) 01:21:25
142 Vicky Heys F45 (006/018) 01:21:59
143 Irene Roche F55 (005/010) 01:22:00
200 Danny Pilkington M35 (011/011) 01:35:22

Full Results

Jackals Run 10km and Half Marathon Trail Races

Julia Rushton ran in this brand new trail event, completing the half marathon race. Based at Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen these races take in the woods and moors around Darwen Tower. Julia was 5th Woman home in the trail Half Marathon in 2:31:59.

Full Results

Trafford 10K

Another popular and fast early season event, the Trafford 10k saw Laura Hesketh and Ian Hargreaves joined by the ever-green Ron Hill MBE in representing the club.

Ian Hargreaves and Ron Hill at the Trafford 10K

Ian Hargreaves and Ron Hill at the Trafford 10K

Pos Name   Cat CatPos Time
256 Laura Hesketh F20-34 17 37:41
573 Ian Hargreaves M50-54 30 50:06
745 Ron Hill M75-79 1 01:00:56

Full results

Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon

Over 6500 runners started this popular city half marathon in positively Spring-like conditions. Running from the waterfront up to Sefton Park and back again, Jane Hylands and new member Andrew Tunney were the sole Clayton representatives finishing in 1:53:27 and 1:56:00 respectively.

Full results

Parkrun Roundup

Burnley parkrun – A total of 285 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Richard STEVENSON 18:00 VM40-44
4 Jonathan CLEAVER 18:22 VM35-39 New PB!
7 Gareth BERRY 19:32 VM35-39
15 Nicholas HENNESSEY 20:59 JM11-14
16 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 21:03 JM15-17 New PB!
22 Donna RILEY 21:33 VW50-54
37 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:49 JW11-14
38 Jonathan PYE 22:49 SM25-29
40 Adam STEVENSON 22:56 JM11-14
41 James HICKIE 22:56 VM55-59 New PB!
52 David Ian SCOTT 23:23 VM70-74
61 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:41 JM10 New PB!
63 Lee MOORE 23:56 VM35-39
66 Julie DAWES 24:11 VW45-49
67 Ian HARGREAVES 24:11 VM50-54
88 Donna SCOTT 24:59 VW50-54
90 Toby BIRTWISTLE 25:01 JM10 New PB!
91 Justin BIRTWISTLE 25:01 VM40-44 New PB!
101 Lisa JOHNSON 25:23 VW40-44
111 Andrew WEBSTER 25:38 VM45-49
115 Annabel WILCOCK 25:44 JW15-17
116 John WILCOCK 25:44 VM50-54
135 Deborah GREENWOOD 26:27 VW45-49 New PB!
147 Ron CHAPPELL 26:57 VM65-69
153 Richard LAWSON 27:24 VM75-79
176 Jack MCGUIRE 29:06 VM60-64 New PB!
180 Robert HIRST 29:30 VM65-69
187 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 29:58 VW65-69
196 Carl CAREY 30:14 VM45-49
199 Karen CLARKIN 30:31 VW40-44

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 91 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
90 Robin PRICE 37:52 VM70-74

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun – A total of 228 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
13 John HARTLEY 19:35 VM55-59

Pendle parkrun – A total of 90 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
2 Jackson MCKAY 20:29 JM11-14 New PB!
5 Lennon JACKSON 22:21 JM11-14 New PB!
8 Robbie SMEDLEY 22:39 JM10 First Timer!
10 Matthew JACKSON 22:52 JM10 First Timer!
12 Finley STUBBS 23:03 JM10 New PB!
13 Jenson BENTHAM 23:08 JM10 First Timer!
18 Ella DORRINGTON-LEVY 23:34 JW11-14 New PB!
19 Helana WHITE 23:47 JW10 First Timer!
20 Robert MORRISON 23:48 VM40-44 New PB!
26 Summer HARGREAVES 24:15 JW10 First Timer!
31 Colin WHITE 24:56 VM40-44 First Timer!
33 Millie STUBBS 25:14 JW11-14
34 Liberty THOMPSON 25:14 JW11-14
38 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 26:12 VW35-39 First Timer!
46 Joshua MCKAY 27:29 JM10 New PB!
52 Kady THOMPSON 28:35 JW10 New PB!
58 Imogen FERGUSON 29:20 JW10 New PB!
60 Felix THOMPSON 29:30 JM10 First Timer!
72 Lucy STEVENSON 32:09 JW11-14 New PB!
78 Milly MACCABE 33:56 JW10 New PB!

Witton parkrun – A total of 84 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
4 Michael CLARKE 20:27 VM40-44
84 Julia RUSHTON 1:04:22 VW50-54

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