Mountains, Milestones and Man Flu!

What a week it’s been! At first glance it seemed like it was going to be a quiet one but nothing could be further from the truth. There have been effortless wins for Chris Holdsworth and Briony Holt on the fells, 600 races under the belt for Stephen Fish, UTMB success for Jean Brown and triumph over man flu for Mick Hughes. Read on to find out more.


Shipman Knotts Fell Race

Congratulations to Stephen Fish who hit an impressive personal milestone this week by competing in his 600th race! Here is his report from race number 600.

SHIPMAN KNOTTS – 4 miles/1312’ – 23/08/16

Andy Firth, Mark Nutter and myself travelled the short distance to the South Lakes to take in one of the last evening events of the summer, the excellent Shipman Knotts race. Starting from Maggs Howe, Kentmere, on perfect warm evening, the challenging out and back route took us across muddy and boggy grassland before the tough, slippery and rocky climb to the summit. Strictly speaking it is just the southern shoulder of Kentmere Pike, however quoting Alfred Wainwright’s ‘Far Eastern Fells’ book: ‘earned for itself a separate chapter by reason of the characteristic roughness of its surface…rocky outcrops are everywhere on the steep slopes’.

Stephen Fish actually running his 601st race at Pendleton. Photo by David Belshaw

From the off Mark slowly disappeared into the distance, while Andy and I were in close contact, swapping places on the rocky ascent to turn at the summit within 5 seconds of each other. On the slightly longer, but faster, alternative descent, as usual, Andy pulled away to beat me by just under 3 minutes, with Mark just over 8 minutes in front.  This is one of the best category AS races I’ve done, out of the many over the years and would recommend to anyone who fancies a ‘proper’, low key, midweek fell race, well worth the short trip up the M6. It’ll be on my list for next year for sure.

Clayton Results:

Mark Nutter – MV50 – 48.12 (Mark’s P.B. is an impressive 41.39 in 2011)

Andy Firth – MV50 – 53.25

Stephen Fish – MV60 – 56.17


Harrock Hill 4

Ivan Whigham and John Francis took part in this 5.2 mile race with 902ft of ascent. It is the 4th race in the Harrock Hill Series.

Pos Name Cat Time
52 Ivan Whigham M50 00:42:39
223 John Francis M70 01:25:57

Full Results


UTMB – Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc

Jean Brown took part in this world famous ultra mountain race. She had an outstanding run finishing in 177th place overall and 16th woman in a time of 33:57:59. This year 1468 runners completed the course which is 170km with over 10,000m of ascent. The course starts and finishes in Chamonix and must be completed within 47 hours.

Full Results


Blackpool Illuminations 5K

Mick Hughes battled through a nasty bout of man flu to run in the Blackpool Illuminations 5k finishing in 44th place with a time of 28:10.

Mick Hughes at the Blackpool Illuminations 5K

Mick Hughes at the Blackpool Illuminations 5K

Pos Name Category Chip time
44 Mick Hughes MV40 28:10.0

 Full Results

Pendleton Fell Race

119 runners took part in this 5-mile race with 1499ft of ascent.

The race climbs gently through fields before reaching a scramble in and out of Swardean Clough. The climb continues through the tussocks before crossing the road and onto the moor proper. Runners then climb to Apronful Hill before some respite on the descent to Ashendean Clough before crossing Howcroft Brook climbing steeply up through the ferns to the wall corner.  The route turns at the “Memorial” cairn descends, gently at first but then steeply down to cross Howcroft brook again. More tussocks before and after the road crossing before reversing the outward route down through the fields and village to finish at the village hall.

Dave Walker and Peter Coates heading up to the road crossing at Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Dave Walker and Peter Coates heading up to the road crossing at Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

31 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this race with Christopher Holdsworth leading throughout and winning the race with a comfortable lead. Top 20 finishes followed for Peter Coates, Kirt Livesey, Andrew McFarlance and Dave Motley. Katy Thompson was our first lady finisher in 99th place overall with Sarah Helliwell hot on her heels in 101st place.

Sarah Helliwell chasing Katy Thompson at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nicholas Olszewski

Sarah Helliwell chasing Katy Thompson at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Report from Christopher Holdsworth

“I’d run at Pendleton a couple of years ago, managing 2nd place in a strong field of runners. I was hoping for an easier time of it but the in-form Tom Corrigan and Mark McGoldrick, a previous Pendleton winner, both turned up to race.

Christopher Holdsworth in the lead on the climb to the road crossing at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Christopher Holdsworth in the lead on the climb to the road crossing at the Pendleton Fell Race. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Two years away had definitely wiped my memory of how tough the race was; the grass, ferns and tussocks were relentless and had my heart rate and lungs working overtime and had me wanting to give up every second of the way to the summit. I held on, managed to gain a bit of a gap which I could extend on the more runnable descents and finished in 36:29.

The Road Crossing "dream team"

The Road Crossing “dream team”

The race was really well supported by a lot of Clayton Harriers and some good performances throughout.”

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Chris Holdsworth 00:36:29
10 Peter Coates V40 00:40:48
14 Kirt Livesey V40 00:41:40
16 Andrew McFarlane V40 00:41:56
20 Dave Motley 00:42:40
21 Alan Life V50 00:43:05
22 Dave Walker 00:43:18
28 Brian Horrocks V50 00:44:42
30 Andrew Priory V40 00:45:08
31 Andrew Orr V40 00:45:23
36 Ivan Whigham V50 00:47:05
37 Richard Briscoe 00:47:08
38 Chris Whiteoak 00:47:16
42 Mark Nutter V50 00:48:05
60 Peter Browning V50 00:51:03
66 James Hickie V50 00:51:44
73 Richard Bellaries V60 00:53:05
75 Stephen Bury V50 00:53:17
76 Andrew Firth V50 00:53:47
78 Peter Dugdale V60 00:53:58
82 Andrew Dugdale V50 00:54:54
89 David Nield V50 00:55:52
92 Stephen Breckell V60 00:56:05
94 Stephen Fish V60 00:56:16
98 Martin Brady V50 00:57:24
99 Katy Thompson LV60 00:57:50
101 Sarah Helliwell L 00:57:59
108 Michael Frost V60 01:05:15
112 Robert Hirst V60 01:13:18
113 Richard Clutterbuck V70 01:15:55
119 John Francis V70 01:31:09

Full Results


Great Eccleston Scouts Flat 4 Miler

73 runners took part in this 4 mile race that takes in the beautiful lanes of Great Eccleston and Elswick. Super vet couple Richard and Val Lawson finished in 53rd and 69th place respectively. Richard was 2nd V75 male and Val was 1st V70 lady.

Pos Name Cat Time
53 Richard Lawson V75 00:34:38
69 Val Lawson FV70 00:43:20

Results from UK Road Race Facebook page

Grasmere Sports

Briony Holt continues to enjoy a fabulous racing season by taking the U17 trophy at the Classic Lakeland fell race at Grasmere Sports. She was first girl and 11th overall in the U17 race.


Race Report from Briony Holt

After traveling up to Keswick on the Saturday to watch the home internationals trials, me and my dad drove up to Grasmere the next day for the sports event they hold every year. At the end of a gruelling 2 hours of driving, we were greeted with the sight of a yellow foam hand directing us to the car park – I say car park but what I really mean is a bogged in field. It wasn’t the clearest of days but soon enough the sun did make an appearance.

The Grasmere Sports Fell Race route

The Grasmere Sports Fell Race route

The course was one of the steepest I’ve ever run and was quite challenging. On the way to the top it was mainly narrow grassy paths with little places to overtake. Once we got to the top, there was a scramble (more like rock climbing) to reach a pole which you had to touch to be allowed back down. This was my favourite part of the race because it makes the course more interesting rather than just turning around and returning the same way down. The descent followed a similar route up but just with a small loop at the top.

Briony Holt on the ascent at Grasmere Sports

Briony Holt on the ascent at Grasmere Sports

Overall, I came 11th and 1st under 17 girl and received the most ridiculously huge trophy I’ve ever seen, but sadly I didn’t get to keep it ? One of the photographers there, Dave Woodhead jokingly made me put it on my head for a photo at the end. Anything for a laugh right? ? I would recommend this race because the atmosphere is great and really encouraging when running. It is steep however you wouldn’t get anything like it elsewhere!


Full Results

Halton Gill Fell Races

Helana White was first U12 girl at the Halton Gill fell race. She was also first girl in welly throwing and bale rolling so a girl of many talents!

Helana White at the Halton Gill fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Helana White at the Halton Gill fell race. Photo by Geoff Thompson

Awaiting official results

Not a parkrun – Yorkshire Dales

Every Saturday you can go for a run in the hills. It’s ‘Not a Park Run’ but it is timed and is a beautiful 7km route suitable for all abilities. It’s not marked but it’s easy to follow, maps are provided until you get to know the route or print  you can print them off and bring them with you.

‘Not a parkrun’ Report from Carl Helliwell.

We had spent a few days in the Yorkshire Dales hostelling when we came across “not a park run”, which is a Saturday run in the area around Reeth. I ran into Reeth from Grinton Youth Hostel and met the other runners (there were 4 of us who did the run this week), which is a 7km trail route suitable for all abilities. It starts at ‘Swaledale Outdoors’ in the village and follows the river Swale westwards with a climb onto the lower section of Reeth Moor before the final blast back into Reeth.

It was a lovely sunny day and the scenery was stunning as I took in the Dales, thinking there is nowhere as nice as Northern England on a summers day. Everyone then meets back at the shop where you are offered a brew and biscuits. I then met up with Sarah and the kids on the local park before heading back to Lancashire so Sarah could do the Pendleton Fell Race. The route isn’t marked but it’s easy to follow and the shop will provide a map if needed. If any of you are in the area on holiday it is good excuse to meet new runners and see a new area. Details can be found on the shops webpage. The current record is held by Adam Perry (any relation of Matt?)

Parkrun roundup

Lots of parkrun action this weekend with a bit of parkrun tourism as well. Great placings and plenty of PBs as well.

Burnley parkrun – A total of 334 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Chris SNELL 18:22 VM35-39 New PB!
5 Nicholas HENNESSEY 19:24 JM11-14
7 Andrew PAYNE 19:31 VM35-39
8 Kevin DAVIES 19:33 VM50-54
12 John HARTLEY 19:59 VM55-59
18 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 20:18 JM15-17 New PB!
21 James BOULT 20:47 SM20-24
36 Stuart PROCTOR 21:57 VM35-39
37 Donna RILEY 22:00 VW50-54
41 Robert MORRISON 22:19 VM40-44
46 Nathan KEWIN 22:40 JM11-14 New PB!
51 Sophie ASHWORTH 23:13 JW11-14
54 Donna AIREY 23:21 VW35-39
55 Nina KEWIN 23:22 VW35-39 New PB!
57 Simon WILSHAW 23:28 JM15-17
65 Julie DAWES 23:59 VW45-49
72 Bethany WHEATCROFT 24:11 JW11-14 New PB!
104 Lisa JOHNSON 25:27 VW40-44
111 Bianca BENNETT 25:38 SW25-29
116 Kian ADAMS 26:06 JM10
124 Heidi KEWIN 26:18 JW11-14
143 Natasha OLSZEWSKA 26:42 JW11-14
184 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 28:58 VW45-49
189 Ron CHAPPELL 29:24 VM65-69
201 Richard LAWSON 30:06 VM75-79
214 Jane PIER 30:41 VW45-49 New PB!
227 Marion WILKINSON 31:27 VW70-74
231 Bronia OLSZEWSKA 31:36 JW11-14
287 Valerie LAWSON 35:15 VW70-74
288 Philip NAYLOR 35:16 VM35-39

Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 7:16 JM11-14
2 Dexta THOMPSON 7:17 JM10
5 Helana WHITE 8:15 JW10 New PB!
8 Thomas ASHWORTH 8:45 JM10 First Timer!
12 Bethany WHEATCROFT 9:09 JW11-14
22 Kady THOMPSON 9:37 JW10 New PB!
23 Imogen FERGUSON 9:38 JW11-14
24 Charlie PLANT 9:38 JW10 New PB!
50 Millie HESKETH 11:36 JW10 New PB!
58 Erin HESKETH 12:12 JW10 New PB!
63 Emily JOHNSON 13:01 JW10

 Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
84 Robin PRICE 33:23 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 249 runners took part

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
28 Daniel PLANT 21:08 SM30-34 First Timer!

Fountains Abbey parkrun – A total of 345 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
177 Eileen JONES 29:11 VW60-64 First Timer!

Lincoln parkrun – A total of 351 runners took part.

Rosie with Breton Holdsworth at Licoln parkrun (sadly not a PB)

Rosie with Breton Holdsworth at Licoln parkrun (sadly not a PB)

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
8 Breton HOLDSWORTH 18:37 VM40-44

Marple parkrun – A total of 179 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
134 Ron HILL 31:35 VM75-79

Pendle parkrun – A total of 79 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
20 Martin BRADY 25:16 VM50-54
28 Dawn TERRY 26:16 VW50-54
34 Eleanor Betty ROOT 27:12 JW11-14
54 Christine Jennifer EGERTON 32:53 VW65-69
61 Christine LEATHLEY 34:25 VW65-69

Witton parkrun – A total of 122 runners took part.

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
3 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:43 SM25-29
7 Garry R WILKINSON 20:26 VM50-54
19 Helana WHITE 23:34 JW10
30 Colin WHITE 25:06 VM40-44
47 Carl CAREY 27:10 VM45-49 First Timer!
73 Julia RUSHTON 29:46 VW50-54

York parkrun – A total of 451 runners took part

Helen Harrison at the flat York parkrun

Helen Harrison at the flat York parkrun

Pos   parkrunner   Time   Age Cat   Note  
427 Helen HARRISON 35:25 VW45-49


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