Hitting the trails and breaking records

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Hitting the trails and breaking records

It’s been a bit of a trail running fest this week. Starting off in Worsthorne, via Witton Park and finally to Trawden you have truly been out in force this week. Off the trails there’s been some road racing, fell racing and smashing of course records.  Well done to Chris Holdsworth for his new course record at the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race and to Laura Hesketh for her new course record at Burnley parkrun.

Foreword from Club President, David Scott

Where did the morning go?

Having been away for several weeks, more or less incommunicado with home and the UK, I sat down on my return with a breakfast coffee and started to catch-up on Clayton’s ‘Roundups’.  Next thing I knew it was nearly lunchtime.

What a variety of races everyone has been running, representing country, representing county, representing club, raising money for charity, trying a new race or trying to beat a previous time.  The enthusiasm of those of you who wrote about your races really came through and you didn’t mind writing about how hard running can be, whether you’re out to beat a time or just to finish.

And what an age range, from Under 8 to Over 75.  I was wishing I was 40ish again, with the speed and stamina I once had and with all these events to choose from.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to the weekly roundups, the technical aspect of which largely passes me by. Clayton’s a wonderful club and I feel proud to be its President.

David Scott.

P.S. Reading about the ’22’ run up Pendle, took me back to a Saturday, many years ago……..but what WAS the date my memory asked?  Looking through my training logs I eventually found it to be 18th August 1979, (probably before some of the ’22’ runners were born) when John Haworth ran 15 times from the Pendle Inn to the Trig Point and back in just over 12 hours to raise money for Barley Village Council.  I had a school function in the morning so could only be there from 12 o’clock.  I ran the last 6 reps with him, approx. times being 48, 52, 60, 51, 59 and the last one was from the picnic area and back on a ‘Guess the Time’ raffle of 48.07.



Senior Race

Worsthorne trail race is the second race in the Clayton Harriers summer race series. Listed as a 5 mile race with around 1000ft of ascent this is always popular with our members and this year saw 41 seniors take part. As well as recording the finishing positions of runners, runners must give an estimated time for their run.

Danny Snell and Chris Snell racing down the Gorple Road. Photo by David Belshaw

Danny Snell and Chris Snell racing down the Gorple Road. Photo by David Belshaw

Chris Snell and Danny Collinge raced to the finish neck and neck with Chris just managing to pull ahead to take the win. Cassie Smedley was our first lady finisher. Nina Kewin gave the best estimate of the event with only 10 seconds difference between her estimate and actual finish time.

Full Results

Junior Race

20 Juniors took part in the junior race with Nick Hennessey finishing in 1st place. Ella Dorrington was 1st girl finisher. The best estimated time went to Ella Dorrington who was only 4 seconds out!

Alfie White, Keira Stevenson and Imogen Ferguson. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Alfie White, Keira Stevenson and Imogen Ferguson. Photo by Nick Olszewski

Keeping the longstanding tradition of spot prizes, Alfie White was awarded a spot prize for “best race face in a sprint finish”.

Full Results



Alan and Carol Life took part in the Cragg Vale Fell Race. It’s a 4 mile race with 801ft of ascent organised  by Calder Valley Fell Runners.

Pos Name Cat Time
60 Alan Life M50 00:43:52
73 Carol Life W50 00:51:49

Full Results


My son Matthew and I took part in the Race For Life at Witton Park all for a good cause. I love this event and this time we were running for my dad. We set off together but that was short lived – Matthew was flying again and got round the course in 18.20 in 2nd place he wanted under 19 mins and with grandad watching he wasn’t going to fail. I tried to keep within sight which wasn’t easy and managed 5th place in 22.30

Michelle and Matthew at the Race for Life in Witton Park

Michelle and Matthew at the Race for Life in Witton Park




There was a huge turnout of 87 Clayton Harriers in 29 teams at this popular trail relay in Witton Park. Our Men’s A team put in a great performance to finish in 3rd place. Our Junior Boys B Team finished in 14th place overall and 3rd Junior Boys team. Our Clayton Vets A team came 13th overall and 2nd men’s vets team.

George Pier handing over to at the Witton Park Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

George Pier with Peter Coates handing over to Jonathan Pye,  at the Witton Park Relays. Photo by David Belshaw

Clayton Ladies A Team finished in 68th place overall and 4th ladies team. Our Clayton Junior Girls A team had a fantastic run to finishs in 48th place overall and 1st Junior girls team. Our Lady Vets A team finished in 95th place and 5th lady vets team.

Leg C Ladies and junior girls waiting for their runners. Photo by David Belshaw

Leg C Ladies and junior girls waiting for their runners. Photo by David Belshaw

Danny Collinge ran our fastest male leg in 15:29 and 6th fastest overall. Briony Holt ran the fastest leg of all the women and was 1st junior girl in a fantastic time of 17:35. Jo Perry ran the fastest leg for our senior ladies and the 3rd fastest senior lady overall with a time of 18:55.

Sprint finish from junior runner, Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Belshaw

Sprint finish from junior runner, Adam Stevenson. Photo by David Belshaw

It was another great event for the club with all the usual team spirit on show and the last minute substitutions and changes.

Report from Andy Holt

This was my second go at the Witton Park relays and, after informing the junior coaching staff my kids were available, I’d forgotten to tell John Cleaver about my own availability! As the date approached and spaces became available I was asked to join Michael Clarke and Adam Stephensons’ team as a late entry!!

Warm and dry underfoot with no wind made this mile up-mile down course even faster and running the last leg allowed me the possibility of having to run against my daughter. My son was running the first leg for another team so I was spared watching him disappear into the distance!

Thankfully Michael and Adam gave me a head start on Briony’s team, (nothing worse than feeling like you’re being chased down) and I had a clear run up the hill. Choosing grippy fell shoes worked and allowed me a flowing descent to the finish.

Brilliant fun, took 15 seconds off last year’s time, team finish well under 60 minutes and equally as satisfying knowing that Curtis, Briony and myself finished within 25 seconds of each other!

Big thanks to the team captains for the messing around and accommodating as many runners as possible.

Pos    Team name    Cat Runner A    Runner B    Runner C    Total   
3 Clayton A M Daniel Collinge Andrew Laycock Matthew Perry 00:47:22
8 The Fell Snails M Jon Cleaver Chris Snell Luke Turner 00:49:48
10 Don’t be S#*t! M Tom Brewster Matthew Duckworth David Motley 00:49:59
12 Clayton C M George Pier Jonathan Pye Jordan McDonald 00:50:27
13 Clayton Vets A MV Peter Coates Garry Wilkinson Andrew Stubbs 00:50:40
14 Clayton Junior Boys B MJ Josh Hall Jackson McKay Nick Hennessey 00:50:51
25 Clayton Junior Boys A MJ Curtis Holt Simon Wilshaw Reece Lawrence 00:54:18
29 Clayton D M James Boult Dan Plant Adam Shaw 00:55:05
31 Clayton F MV Neil Hardiman Gareth Berry Michael O’Donnell 00:55:11
34 Clayton Vets C MV Andrew Orr Alan Dorrington Dave Moynihan 00:55:51
36 Clayton Junior Boys C MJ Michael Stevens Jay Bowman Adam Stevenson 00:56:21
38 Clayton E M Michael Clarke Adam Stephenson Andrew Holt 00:56:33
48 Clayton Junior Girls A FJ Ella Dorrington-Levy Millie Stubbs Briony Holt 00:58:11
58 Clayton Vets B MV Chris Lawrence John Wilcock Andrew Bradley 00:59:36
60 Clayton Junior Boys D MJ William Nicholls Aaron Lundie Lennon Jackson 01:00:13
65 CaMoMi MV Carl Carey Craig Nicholls Rob Morrison 01:00:44
66 Clayton G M Richard Briscoe James Hickie Wayne McIntosh 01:00:52
68 Clayton Ladies A F Amanda Duffy Claire Vincent Elizabeth Mullen 01:00:54
78 Clayton H MV Paul Wale Jason Pier Steve Breckell 01:03:03
80 Clayton Junior Boys E MJ Jake O’Dowd Luke Guest Christopher Brown 01:04:38
81 Clayton Ladies B F Donna Airey Michelle Abbott Sarah Angelone 01:04:45
95 Clayton Ladies Vets A FV Angela Shian Nerina Gill Barbara Savage 01:07:48
97 Clayton Ladies D F Alisa Thorne Jo Perry Judith Carey 01:08:06
102 Clayton Junior Girls B FJ Natasha Olszewska Keira Stevenson Sophie Ashworth 01:09:08
114 Clayton Ladies Vets C FV Dawn Terry Katy Thompson Jane Ryan 01:11:57
115 Clayton Ladies C F Julia Rushton Lisa Ellis Beth Quinn 01:12:18
117 Clayton Juniors MJ Bethany Wheatcroft Alfie White Bronia Olszewska 01:12:36
129 Clayton Harriers Vets D FV Jane Hylands Jean Knightley Adrienne Olszewska 01:18:37
130 Clayton Ladies E F Joanne Motley Melanie Hirst Sarah Helliwell 01:18:38

Full Results | Individual Legs



Ivan Whigham and Wendy Dodds travelled over the border into the Yorkshire Dales to take part in the Blackfell race.

Report from Ivan Whigham

This race was run by Bingley Harriers as part of their running weekend. It is based in Kettlewell a very nice part in the Yorkshire Dales.

The weather was great with plenty of sun and a brisk breeze. About 60 runners set of with me and Wendy Dodds the other Claytoner.

The route is about 9 miles and goes round Cam Head, Whernside, Great Whernside and returns via Hag Dyke on the route of the Great Whernside race which is fast running on bowling green grass purely awesome.

I finished half way down the field in 1hour 50 with Wendy coming in a little later, a cracking race in beautiful scenery.

Pos Name Cat Time
24 Ivan Whigham V50 01:50:17
45 Wendy Dodds LV60 02:13:37

Full Results

Catforth Canter 5K


A trio of Clayton runners took part in the Heptonstall Festival fell race. A 5.9 mile race with 1627ft of ascent. Starting in the hilltop village of Heptonstall, the route plunges deep into a neighbouring valley before finding its way to the top of a nearby peak. It then returns in similar fashion presenting runners with an almighty uphill struggle at the end!

Chris Holdsworth not only won the race, he also knocked over 2½ minutes off the course record at the same time. A superb result for a runner on top form at the moment. Carl Helliwell ran strongly to finish in 11th place and Simon Stansfield was 58th.

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Chris Holdsworth M 0:47:03
11 Carl Helliwell V40 0:55:08
58 Simon Stansfield V40 1:13:02

Full Results


Amanda Duffy was our sole representative at the Lostock Hall Carnival 5K.

Pos Name Cat Time
43 Amanda Duffy FV35 0:20:28

Report from Amanda Duffy

I headed over to the Lostock Hall Carnival 5k on Saturday morning. The race set off before the carnival procession. The course itself was a fairly flat out and back with a loop around the town to finish. It was a great carnival atmosphere with lots of support from the crowds. All roads were closed which made it much better for racing.

I finished 6th female and won the v35 prize with a second best 5k time. It is one I would like to run next year and was a great day out for everyone.

Full Results


Richard Briscoe was our only runner in the Oakworth Haul fell race, a 5.6 mile race with 820ft of ascent organised byt Keighley and Craven Athletics Club.

Pos Name Category Time
19 Richard Briscoe MS 48.09

Full Results



Michelle Abbot and her two sons headed to Cheshire for the Alderley Edge Bypass 10K and fun runs.

Report from Michelle Abbott

Me and the boys had a change and headed over to Wilmslow for the Alderley Edge Bypass 10K and fun run. With about 2000 runners in the 10K, it was very busy, well organised with food ,beer ,and a funbus for the little ones. It was a fast course when the winner comes in in 29 mins; I just about managed a reasonable 47.11 while Lennon and Matthew whizzed round the 1.8K course in sub 6 mins with Lennon coming in 3rd closely followed by Matthew in 4th,   no official timing for the funrun as it is 100% all for charity

Michelle Abbot at the Alderley Edge Bypass race.

Michelle Abbot at the Alderley Edge Bypass race.

Pos Name Time
380 Michelle Abbott 00:47:10

Full Results


Well done to Geoff Smith who was our sole runner in the Edgeworth Reservoir Challenge Half Marathon. The course takes runners on 2 laps of the popular 10K route in the picturesque countryside of Edgeworth over challenging terrain and offering stunning scenery. Geoff finished in 27th place and 1st V40 with a time of 1:54:58.

Pos Name Cat Time
27 Geoff Smith V40 1:54:58

Full Results


Jack Holt was our sole runner in the Skiddaw race organised by Keswick AC. He finished in 66th place overall in a field of 136 runners. This is a 9.6 mile race with 3154ft of ascent over mainly hard paths.

Jack Holt at the Skiddaw Race. Photo by Stephen White of Granddayoutphotography

Jack Holt at the Skiddaw Race. Photo by Stephen Wilson of Granddayoutphotography

Pos Name Cat Time
66 Jack Holt V60 1:33:25

Full Results


65 Clayton Harriers took part in this 7 mile trail race organised by Trawden AC and the latest race in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series. Danny Collinge was our first finisher in 4th place overall. Kevin Davies was 1st M55 and Jeff Pickup was 1st M65. Elizabeth Mullan was our first lady finisher in 129th place overall and 2nd senior lady.

Donna Airey and Chris Lawrence enjoying the Trawden trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

Donna Airey and Chris Lawrence enjoying the Trawden trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

Report from Cassie Smedley

Yet another grand prix race arrived. I was looking forward to this one but hoped that I wouldn’t follow last year’s antics and fall mid race.

Cassie Smedley staying on her feet this year at the Trawden trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

Cassie Smedley staying on her feet this year at the Trawden trail race. Photo by David Belshaw

I set off far too fast, as always, but managed to find and maintain a good pace. I decided to try and stay focused on the paths rather than the views in order to remain on my feet. The race was great. Well-supported and great weather. Added bonus at the end as I’d pre-registered so got a pie and a bottle of good beer! Well done to all that raced.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
4 Daniel Collinge MS (004/058) 00:42:24
5 Matt Perry MS (005/058) 00:42:36
12 Jacob Watson MS (009/058) 00:44:46
19 Luke Turner MS (014/058) 00:45:58
26 Chris Snell MS (017/058) 00:46:57
27 Kirt Livesey M45 (004/033) 00:47:05
42 Kevin Davies M55 (001/017) 00:48:55
44 Jonathan Pye MS (023/058) 00:49:21
52 Daniel Plant MS (026/058) 00:50:21
57 Michael O’Donnell M40 (011/036) 00:51:03
58 Chris Whiteoak MS (028/058) 00:51:08
60 John Roche M55 (003/017) 00:51:14
62 Alan Dorrington M45 (012/033) 00:51:17
70 Gareth Berry M40 (014/036) 00:51:46
73 Neil Hardiman M45 (013/033) 00:51:59
77 David Moynihan M50 (006/027) 00:52:14
79 Craig Nicholls M40 (017/036) 00:52:19
83 Stephen Ainsworth M60 (002/012) 00:52:32
89 Richard Briscoe MS (037/058) 00:52:40
92 Michael Clarke M40 (019/036) 00:52:56
94 John Wilcock M50 (009/027) 00:53:09
95 Robert Morrison M45 (014/033) 00:53:10
104 James Dunderdale MS (043/058) 00:53:39
111 Mick Hughes M40 (021/036) 00:54:08
112 Andy Bradley M50 (012/027) 00:54:13
114 Paul Foster M45 (016/033) 00:54:20
116 Neil Garnett M55 (008/017) 00:54:29
117 Jeffrey Pickup M65 (001/010) 00:54:31
121 Andy Quinn M45 (017/033) 00:54:55
128 Adam Stephenson MS (048/058) 00:55:28
129 Elizabeth Mullan FS (002/020) 00:55:30
130 Cassandra Smedley F35 (005/015) 00:55:34
135 Reece Lawrence MJ (002/002) 00:56:14
142 Donna Airey F35 (006/015) 00:57:20
143 Chris Lawrence M50 (015/027) 00:57:37
151 Wayne McIntosh MS (052/058) 00:58:10
153 Irene Roche F55 (002/010) 00:58:19
167 Colin White M40 (027/036) 01:00:23
173 Nerina Gill F45 (008/018) 01:00:55
184 Barbara Savage F50 (004/019) 01:02:40
186 Carl Carey M45 (024/033) 01:02:51
187 Jean Knightley F55 (004/010) 01:02:57
188 Nina Kenn F35 (007/015) 01:02:58
191 Bryn Barnes M65 (003/010) 01:03:17
195 Jane Ryan F40 (006/024) 01:03:31
196 David Ian Scott M70 (002/004) 01:03:37
197 Donna Scott F50 (006/019) 01:04:02
201 Julia Rushton F50 (007/019) 01:04:34
203 Andrew Taylor M55 (014/017) 01:04:54
209 Ian Hargreaves M50 (023/027) 01:06:05
215 Lucy Scott FS (009/020) 01:06:37
226 Bethany Quinn FS (010/020) 01:08:15
235 Mark Knowles M40 (033/036) 01:09:29
244 Jane Hylands F45 (013/018) 01:11:15
253 Michelle Butschok F40 (017/024) 01:12:37
254 Rebecca Bradshaw FS (012/020) 01:13:01
274 Christine Egerton F65 (002/004) 01:16:48
276 Judith Carey F35 (012/015) 01:17:02
277 Julia Taylor F55 (007/010) 01:17:03
296 Robert Hirst M65 (009/010) 01:22:18
301 Anita Jones F60 (004/004) 01:23:45
302 Geraldine Varley F55 (009/010) 01:23:45
309 Jack McGuire M60 (012/012) 01:26:00
310 Christine Leathley F65 (004/004) 01:26:06
311 Sharon Wilson F40 (024/024) 01:27:43

Full Results


U7 & U9

Ruby Cleaver was our sole runner in the U7 & U9 race. She finished in 21st place. A total of 40 runners took part.

Ruby Cleaver in action. Photo by David Belshaw

Ruby Cleaver in action. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
21 Ruby Cleaver F9 (008/011) 00:03:44


34 runners took part in the U11 race. Charlie Barnes was our first finisher in 10th place. Emily Nicholls was our first girl in 27th place.

Lining up for the U11s race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lining up for the U11s race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
10 Charlie Barnes M11 (010/023) 00:09:38
17 Joshua McKay M11 (015/023) 00:10:11
21 Brayden Clarkson M11 (018/023) 00:10:25
22 Toby Birtwistle M11 (019/023) 00:10:33
24 Fraser Anforth M11 (020/023) 00:10:54
27 Emily Nicholls F11 (006/009) 00:11:22
31 Ellisia Smedley F11 (008/009) 00:12:11

U13, U15 & U17 Race

Nick Hennessey won the race with Jackson McKay not too far behind in 2nd place. Helana White was our first girl to finish and 2nd girl overall.  There were age category firsts for Nick Hennessey, Jackson McKay, Helana White, and Millie Stubbs

Lining up for the U13/15/17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Lining up for the U13/15/17 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
1 Nicholas Hennessey M17 (001/002) 00:12:12
2 Jackson McKay M15 (001/007) 00:12:27
6 Michael Stevens M15 (003/007) 00:13:11
12 Finley Stubbs M13 (006/013) 00:14:03
14 Helana White F13 (001/009) 00:14:09
16 Millie Stubbs F17 (001/003) 00:14:27
17 William Nicholls M15 (005/007) 00:14:28
19 Ella Dorrington F15 (002/005) 00:14:45
24 Sophie Ashworth F15 (004/005) 00:15:07
29 Charlie Birtwistle M13 (011/013) 00:15:57
34 Luke Guest M13 (012/013) 00:16:25
37 Imogen Ferguson F13 (009/009) 00:17:24
38 Jake O’Dowd M15 (007/007) 00:18:15

Full Results


Here are this week’s parkrun results for registered Clayton Harriers. To see them in more detail, please check out the consolidated club report.

Arrow Valley parkrun – A total of 300 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
7 7 Richard STEVENSON 00:18:40
16 16 Adam STEVENSON 00:20:26

Burnley parkrun – A total of 388 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
2 Laura HESKETH 00:17:20
4 Jonathan PYE 00:18:12
5 Nicholas HENNESSEY 00:18:18
13 Lennon JACKSON 00:19:50
25 John WILCOCK 00:21:13
26 Mick HUGHES 00:21:19
37 Daniel PLANT 00:21:41
47 Charlie BARNES 00:22:28
55 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 00:22:53
57 Michelle ABBOTT 00:22:59
58 Sarah ANGELONE 00:23:00
68 Sophie ASHWORTH 00:23:41
75 Bethany WHEATCROFT 00:23:54
92 Nina KEWIN 00:24:34
97 Bryn BARNES 00:24:42
102 Matthew JACKSON 00:24:48
117 Evan WELSH 00:25:22
125 Ian HARGREAVES 00:25:35
132 Donna SCOTT 00:25:47
133 Caitlin WELSH 00:25:47
162 Helen WELSH 00:26:58
163 Melanie HIRST 00:26:59
175 Imogen FERGUSON 00:27:29
189 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 00:28:00
206 Richard LAWSON 00:28:27
219 Alan DORRINGTON 00:29:10
269 Lucy STEVENSON 00:30:47
273 Marion WILKINSON 00:31:01
279 Robert HIRST 00:31:30
283 Wayne MCINTOSH 00:31:41

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 111 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
92 Robin PRICE 00:34:19

South Shields parkrun – A total of 198 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
2 Tom BREWSTER 00:17:36

Cheltenham parkrun – A total of 440 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
21 Alex CRAN 00:20:11

Cuerden Valley parkrun – A total of 171 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
47 Paul THOMPSON 00:26:26

Keswick parkrun – A total of 174 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
112 Eileen JONES 00:29:07

Pendle parkrun – A total of 81 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
5 Paul BRANNON 00:20:43
9 John HARTLEY 00:21:11
33 Dawn TERRY 00:25:27
39 Eleanor Betty ROOT 00:26:31
62 Yvonne WICKHAM 00:33:06

Witton parkrun – A total of 80 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
79 Julia RUSHTON 00:49:37

Blackpool parkrun – A total of 144 runners took part.

Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
32 Philip NAYLOR 00:24:12


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Adrienne Olszewska