Keep on runnin’

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Keep on runnin’

It’s been another weekend of epic action for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers. You’ve been out on the fells and mountains, the urban and rural roads, and parks. There’s been a huge turnout of Harriers at Hendon Brook race and you’ve been spotted at classic Lakeland races, mountain marathons and a whole host of 5K and 10K events.



The 20 Barriers race follows a scenic route of just over 5 miles on the field paths, trails and canal towpath in the countryside to the south of Carnforth “Gateway to the Lake District”. The race gets its name from the number of stiles and other field boundaries crossed en-route but none of the “20 barriers” should present any unusual hazards or difficulties.

Wendy Dodds was our only runner in this year’s race finishing in 83rd place and 1st WV65.

Pos Name Category Time
83 Wendy Dodds W65 00:48:51

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Michael Hogan was running solo at the Rochdale 10K where he finished in 51st place with a time of 42:04

Report from Michael Hogan

I was the only Clayton runner to venture out on this lovely mid-week 10K. It was a bit warm and humid but otherwise good conditions; there isn’t too much flat on the course just a series of undulations to work at. A cracking night out for 8 quid and a pair of technical running socks for completing- can’t fault it.

Michael Hogan at the Rochdale 10K

Michael Hogan at the Rochdale 10K

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
51 Michael Hogan M45 (006/024) 00:42:04

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Five Clayton Harriers took to the Calderdale fells for the Stoodley Pike Fell Race which, of course, features a run up to and back from the famous landmark. It’s a 3.1m race with 699ft of ascent. Richard Stevenson was our first finisher in 19th place in 23:42.

Report from Colin Woolford

Another classic Calder Valley race, hosted by Tod Harriers with a short fast well marked course with something for everyone but none of it lasting long enough to be too unpleasant! I seemed to pass more people than passed me, so either my climbing is improving or I’m starting too near to the back…  I ended up in an early tussle for position with Steve Fish and was keen to stay ahead as I knew Mr Stevenson and Mr Briscoe would be well out of my reach!

By the time I reached the Pike – where there seemed to be a huge amount of spectators clapping and cheering support ( I apologised for being late) – I was hot on the heels of a Halifax Harrier and young Tod lady whereby the three of us seemed to change places several times over the final mile and although they got the better of me I was very pleased with my performance over all as third of five Clayton home.  This is a cracking route and a good race for those looking to venture on to the fells.

Pos Name Category Time
19 Richard Stevenson M40 00:23:42
43 Richard Briscoe M 00:26:08
81 Colin Woolford M40 00:30:56
92 Stephen Fish M60 00:33:08
114 Robert Hirst M60 00:42:13

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Five Clayton juniors headed to Chorley for the third race of the Astley Park trail series. Lennon Jackson was first finisher for the club in 17th place with little brother Matthew not too far behind in 26th. Luck Guest was 44th and Jack O’Dowd was 82nd. Imogen Ferguson was our only girl and finished in 78th place overall.

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
17 Lennon Jackson M17 (012/029) 00:05:28
26 Matthew Jackson M17 (017/029) 00:05:37
44 Luke Guest M17 (022/029) 00:06:09
78 Imogen Ferguson F17 (027/032) 00:07:02
82 Jake O’Dowd M17 (026/029) 00:07:13

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Five club members headed across the border to Skipton to take part in the Rob Shepherd’s Stirton fell race. This is a 5.6mile race with 1181ft of ascent organised by Keighley and Craven AC.

Kurt Livesey was our first finisher in 10th place overall and 1st M45. Jude Ashworth was our only lady runner and finished in 98th place.Â

Pos Name Category Time
10 Kurt Livesey M45 00:42:09
22 Neil Hardiman M45 00:45:04
29 Richard Briscoe M35 00:46:14
59 Chris Whitoak MO 00:51:15
70 Wayne McIntosh MO 00:53:18
98 Jude Ashworth M55 01:04:22

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Seven Clayton Harriers took part in the Tockholes Evening Fell Race, a 5.8 mile race with 1099ft of ascent.

Report From Ivan Whigham

This evening race run by Darwen dashers race is 6 mile long and 875 ft.of climbing and is well marshalled. The weather was sunny and warm with great views over the Moors.

Ivan Whigham at the Don Ashton Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Calum Rigby

Ivan Whigham at the Don Ashton Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Calum Rigby

The race sets off down tracks that take you down to Darwen then up to Darwen moor going round the back of the tower then down to the reservoir and then a climb to the finish. Peter Coates the first Claytoner came in 7th, I came in at 35th, Mark Taylor 53rd, Andrew Howarth 58th, Pete Dugdale 62nd and finally Stephen Fish 82nd  place out of 99 entrants .

Jack Bundle of Blackburn Harriers took the win and Kirsty Hall of Wharfedale the first Lady who also broke the record in 27th place.

Pos Name Category Time
7 Peter Coates M40 00:40:55
35 Ivan Whigham M50 00:47:18
53 Mark Taylor M 00:52:04
56 Stephen Breckell M60 00:53:27
58 Andrew Howarth M50 00:54:08
63 Peter Dugdale M60 00:55:45
82 Stephen Fish M60 01:02:49

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 A dozen Clayton Harriers, including juniors, seniors and vets, ran the fast and furious Todmorden Park 5K race. Jacob Watson was our first Clayton runner and finished in 4th place. Our super fast juniors got age category wins all round with Helana 1st U12 girl and 3rd female overall and Ella Dorrington 2nd U14 girl and 2nd female overall.  Josh Hall, Matthew Jackson and Lennon Jackson were 1st in their respective age categories. We also had success for our seniors with Michelle Abbot 1st F35,  1st senior man to Jacob Watson, and 1st M60 to Stephen Green.

Clayton runners on the start line at Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by Rachael White

Clayton runners on the start line at Todmorden Park 5K. Photo by Rachael White

Ella Dorrington, Helana White and Michelle Abbott were the first ladies team. Jacob Watson, Jonathan Pye and Chris Snell were the 1st mens team. Josh Hall, Matthew Jackson and Stephen Green were second mens team.

Pos    Name    Cat    Time   
4 Jacob Watson M 17:17:00
7 Jonathan Pye M 18:24:00
11 Chris Snell M35 19:05:00
12 Josh Hall MJ U16 19:09:00
15 Matthew Jackson MK U12 19:34:00
17 Stephen Green M60 19:44:00
19 Lennon Jackson MJ U14 19:48:00
26 Ella Dorrington WJ U14 20:43:00
29 Helana White WK U12 21:08:00
40 Michelle Abbott F35 23:01:00
43 Alfie White MJ U16 00:15:00
56 Paul Walsh M60 02:48:00

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Four Clayton men took part in the Addingham Gala Fell Race, a 6 mile route with 9894ft of ascent. Alan Life was our first finisher in 18th place. Jack Holt was our next finisher in 21st place and 1st M60. Rick Moore and Stephen Fish completed the quartet.

Pos Name Category Time
18 Alan Life M50 00:50:46
21 Jack Holt M60 00:51:15
53 Rick Moore M50 01:05:51
54 Stephen Fish M60 01:07:03

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Simon Halliday, Jean Brown and Paul Thompson took part in the tough, Manx Mountain Marathon. Simon Halliday finished in 6th place, Jean Brown was 7th and 1st lady, and Paul Thompson was 12th. 52 competitors finished the event.

Report from Jean Brown

So pleased that I made it over to the Isle of Man for what was billed as the last running of the Manx Mountain Marathon. Those of us who had a great time over there are very much hoping that the race continues – it is a classic in every way!

The 51km race with 2500m of ascent starts in Ramsey at the northern end of the island and tracks its way up and down what seems like every hill on the island to finish on the prom in Port Erin. The first half is over the wilder hills, the latter section on a stunning section of coast path.

Jean Brown at the Manx Marathon presentation.

Jean Brown at the Manx Marathon presentation.

A bottle of local beer and tee-shirt for all finishers – presentation by a bar next to the beach in the evening (after great ice-cream and fish and chips in the town) – what is not to like?! OK – it was sunny this year so the island was showing itself off in the best way!

The race was extremely well organised, a mini-bus available to take you to the start, great marshalling on route, lots of places to get water etc. 

Thanks for an excellent race! I plan to return…

Pos Name Cat Time
6 Simon Halliday MV40 06:00:23
7 Jean Brown FV40 06:23:04
12 Paul Thompson MV40 06:39:08

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Martin Terry and Wendy Dodds took part in the classic Wasdale Horseshoe fell race organised by Cumberland Fell Runners Association. Its a category AL race and is 21.1miles with over 9000ft of ascent including a climb of Scafell Pike. Martin Terry was our first finisher in 104th place with a time of 5:23:13 and being the hard-as-nails ultra runner that he is, went on to run a respectable 57th place in the Hendon Brook race the following day!

Wendy Dodds was our sole lady runner and she finished in 203rf place in 6:21:08 and 1st W65.

Wendy Dodds at the Wasdale fell race.

Wendy Dodds at the Wasdale fell race.

Pos Name Cat Time
104 Martin Terry M55 05:23:13
203 Wendy Dodds W65 06:21:08

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Craig Nicholls was our sole runner in the Blackpool Summer 10K. He finished in 9th place overall with a time of 42:17 and 1st MV40.

Pos Name Category Time
9 Craig Nicholls MV40 42:17.1

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A record turnout for this year’s Hendon Brook, newly renamed to honour its founder, Gerry McCabe. Jacob Watson was the first Clayton finisher in 6th place with Luke Turner and Jon Cleaver joining him in the top ten.

Jacob Watson in action at Hendon Brook. Photo by David Belshaw

Jacob Watson in action at Hendon Brook. Photo by David Belshaw

Paul Hesketh was 21st and 1st M50. Martin Terry was 57th, an amazing result considering he’d run the Wasdale Fell race the day before and already had 21.1 miles and over 9000 feet of climbing in his legs!

Martin Terry running Hendon Brook on the back of the Wasdale fell race the day before!. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Martin Terry running Hendon Brook on the back of the Wasdale fell race the day before! George Pier just behind. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

George Pier was the 1st MJ in 71st place overall, and Jeff Pickup was 1st M65.

Donna Airey was our 1st Clayton Lady in 79th place and 2nd in her age category. Irene Roche was 1st L55 and Beth Quinn was 1st FJ.

Donna Airey looking fresh at the halfway point. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Donna Airey looking fresh at the halfway point. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

It was a great turnout for the club and good to see so many Clayton Harriers tackling the distance and the climbing; some for the first time and some repeating the experience.

The Clayton Water Stop team.

The Clayton Water Stop team.

The halfway water station was manned by Clayton Juniors who did a fantastic job of dishing out water, oranges, jelly babies and lots of encouragement to the runners. There were also a few “inspirational” signs dotted around to keep the motivation going.

Inspirational signs at Caldwell. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Inspirational signs at Caldwell. Photo by Adrienne Olszewska

Report from Richard Briscoe

I hadn’t done this race for the last two years so I’d decided to do it. I hadn’t really done much long running recently so it would be a good training run. I started slow and steady and stayed with James Boult, and John Roche all the way round. I was quite worried how many people I was overtaking especially on the hills. I have an achilles heel injury and a bad calf so I struggled on the downhills.

L-R Richard Briscoe, James Boult and Gareth Berry at the Hendon Brook race. Photo by David Belshaw

L-R Richard Briscoe, James Boult and Gareth Berry at the Hendon Brook race. Photo by David Belshaw

The support was amazing from the water stations from both and Clayton and Trawden handing out sweets etc. I struggled on the last mile where I wanted to get under 1hr45 but James and John overtook me unfortunately. Finished the route in 1hr50 so it was a good result and a good day for everyone who took part.

Report from Sharon Wilson

Well it was the morning of Hendon Brook and I was feeling ok so far; had a good breakfast and drank plenty of water, so I knew I would be ok. Until I was about to leave the house – oh my the nerves started to kick in even more. What am I doing? My first ever half marathon and I choose Hendon Brook! Well I love a challenge and I knew I would give it my all so nothing ventured nothing gained.

As we arrived to the start line getting ready to start. I could tell I wasn’t on my own with nerves everyone was going through exactly the same. And at that split second we were starting the race its now or never I took it steady as I didn’t want to go too fast. My friend Carole Bailey ran with me as it was her first Hendon Brook too. We kept one another going and it was great as the first 3miles passed I was feeling ok and nerves drifted away.  I was focusing on I can do this. As we kept on running Marshalls were handing out jelly babies and water which was great. It was great to see so many spectators and marshals helping and making sure we were. It’s what makes a race.

As we reached 8 miles I was relieved to be nearly half way round feeling very hot but good as we approached another water station. I could see a young lad with a hosepipe. He knew we were hot and yes I can say I was wet through but  it cooled me down and it kept me going. As we were nearly approaching the end I was slowing down a bit which I didn’t want to. I kept saying to myself you can do this not much longer to go. As we were getting closer to the finish I could har everyone cheering us on. This really spurred me on to give me my last sprint finish which I did and it felt fantastic.

Sharon Wilson's sprint to the finish at Hendon Brook. Photo by David Belshaw

Sharon Wilson’s sprint to the finish at Hendon Brook. Photo by David Belshaw

Overall it was a very good run and I will be doing it again. Thank you to everyone for all your encouragement it was amazing marshals and spectators

Pos    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time   
6 Jacob Watson MS (005/046) 01:30:04
8 Luke Turner MS (007/046) 01:34:10
9 Jon Cleaver MS (008/046) 01:34:59
12 Matthew Duckworth MS (010/046) 01:37:03
15 Daniel Plant MS (013/046) 01:38:08
21 Paul Hesketh M50 (001/024) 01:39:52
26 Chris Snell MS (018/046) 01:41:36
30 David Naughton M55 (002/017) 01:43:09
37 Gareth Berry M40 (007/025) 01:44:25
39 Andrew Orr M45 (004/020) 01:44:41
42 Kevin Davies M55 (004/017) 01:45:11
48 David Moynihan M50 (004/024) 01:46:57
50 Michael O’Donnell M40 (009/025) 01:47:54
51 James Boult MS (024/046) 01:48:26
52 John Roche M55 (005/017) 01:48:31
55 Richard Briscoe MS (025/046) 01:49:04
57 Martin Terry M55 (008/017) 01:49:13
61 Sean Clare M50 (007/024) 01:50:30
64 Danny Collinge MS (027/046) 01:51:28
71 George Pier MJ (001/002) 01:53:20
73 James Dunderdale MS (029/046) 01:53:47
77 Andy Bradley M50 (010/024) 01:55:03
79 Donna Airey F35 (002/009) 01:55:32
83 Jeffrey Pickup M65 (001/004) 01:56:57
85 Andy Quinn M45 (009/020) 01:57:24
89 Robert Morrison M45 (010/020) 01:57:53
90 Michael Clarke M40 (015/025) 01:57:53
91 Mick Hughes M40 (016/025) 01:57:54
93 Alex Braysford M45 (011/020) 01:57:59
101 Sarah Angelone FS (002/011) 01:59:27
104 Paul Foster M45 (012/020) 01:59:56
106 Elizabeth Mullan FS (004/011) 02:00:37
107 Irene Roche F55 (001/008) 02:00:52
108 Geoff Smith M40 (018/025) 02:01:24
109 Reece Lawrence MJ (002/002) 02:01:35
112 Cassandra Smedley F35 (003/009) 02:01:50
116 Andrew Webster M45 (013/020) 02:02:58
117 Chris Lawrence M50 (014/024) 02:03:01
120 Adam Stephenson MS (039/046) 02:03:21
121 Vicky Heys F45 (004/017) 02:03:57
123 Colin White M40 (020/025) 02:04:43
129 Alan Archer M55 (012/017) 02:06:56
136 Michelle Abbott F35 (005/009) 02:09:32
137 Brian Wildman M50 (017/024) 02:09:34
142 Nerina Gill F45 (007/017) 02:12:46
144 Bryn Barnes M65 (003/004) 02:13:17
146 Angela Shian F40 (004/012) 02:13:43
147 Jean Knightley F55 (003/008) 02:14:21
154 Stuart Proctor MS (044/046) 02:17:14
158 Donna Scott F50 (002/008) 02:20:18
161 Lucy Scott FS (009/011) 02:21:10
162 Bethany Quinn FJ (001/002) 02:21:37
163 Ian Hargreaves M50 (019/024) 02:21:49
168 Carl Carey M45 (016/020) 02:23:05
171 Janine Pollard F45 (011/017) 02:23:32
174 Lisa Ellis F35 (006/009) 02:23:46
175 Julia Rushton F50 (004/008) 02:23:48
177 Michelle Butschok F40 (006/012) 02:24:05
182 Mark Robin Knowles M40 (024/025) 02:30:47
183 Alison Thorne F45 (012/017) 02:30:52
195 Judith Carey F35 (008/009) 02:37:58
198 Julia Taylor F55 (007/008) 02:38:32
201 Deborah Greenwood F45 (015/017) 02:45:04
204 Helen Harrison F45 (017/017) 02:46:54
205 Gary Moore M45 (020/020) 02:46:55
213 Anita Jones F60 (002/002) 02:59:04
216 Sharon Wilson F40 (012/012) 03:02:18

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Two super-vet Clayton Harriers ran at the St Anne’s Carnival 5K road race. David Scott was the first Clayton finisher in 64th place and 2nd M70. Richard Lawson was 76th and 1st M75. A total of 156 runners took part.

Pos Name Cat Time
64 David Scott M70 23:45
76 Richard Lawson M75 24:42

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Amanda Duffy and Clare Wilson ran in the We Love Manchester 10K

Report from Amanda Duffy

I ventured over to the Ethiad stadium on Sunday morning for the We Love Manchester 10K. It’s a fast start and finish on the running track with a few small undulations. I was hoping the sun wasn’t going to come out as it was already warm but at the 3k mark it made an appearance which made the race get tougher.

Amanda Duffy racing hard at the We Love Manchester 10K

Amanda Duffy racing hard at the We Love Manchester 10K

I had a target time to try and beat 43 minutes and finished in 42.09 and 11th female. The race was well organised with a friendly atmosphere with a nice medal and t shirt to finish. Another one for the diary for next year

Pos Name Cat Time
88 Amanda Duffy F35 42:09
1175 Clare Wilson F35 1:01:56

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Blackpool parkrun – A total of 170 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
32 Philip NAYLOR 23:59 VM40-44

Burnley parkrun – A total of 386 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:28 JM15-17
5 Michael STEVENS 19:00 JM11-14 New PB!
7 Richard STEVENSON 19:12 VM40-44
9 David EDMONDSON 19:24 VM50-54 First Timer!
10 Paul BRANNON 19:35 VM55-59
14 Matthew JACKSON 20:00 JM11-14
26 Peter STEVENS 20:50 JM11-14 New PB!
29 Daniel PLANT 21:05 VM35-39
32 Nick ROSCOE 21:13 VM45-49
49 Andy QUINN 22:17 VM45-49
52 Gordon BARRETT 22:26 VM55-59
53 Charlie BARNES 22:28 JM10
58 Aaron LUNDIE 22:41 JM15-17
71 Colin WHITE 23:21 VM40-44
72 Lennon JACKSON 23:23 JM11-14
73 Reece Adam LAWRENCE 23:26 JM15-17
77 David Ian SCOTT 23:41 VM70-74
82 Robert MORRISON 23:50 VM45-49
84 Michelle ABBOTT 23:58 VW35-39
85 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 23:58 VW35-39
89 Chris LAWRENCE 24:06 VM50-54
127 Imogen FERGUSON 25:40 JW11-14
134 Caitlin WELSH 26:04 JW15-17
137 Evan WELSH 26:11 JM11-14
144 Melanie HIRST 26:28 VW40-44
162 Helen WELSH 27:04 VW45-49
163 Janine POLLARD 27:07 VW45-49
165 Rebecca BRADSHAW 27:13 SW25-29 New PB!
209 Darcey HIRST 28:59 JW10
220 Stuart BARKER 29:39 VM50-54
224 Ian HARGREAVES 29:49 VM50-54
257 Donna SCOTT 31:15 VW50-54
280 Christine LEATHLEY 32:32 VW65-69
282 Richard LAWSON 32:35 VM75-79
311 Robert HIRST 34:43 VM65-69
312 Emily JOHNSON 34:47 JW10
313 Marion WILKINSON 34:48 VW75-79
333 Helen HARRISON 36:06 VW45-49

Burnley junior parkrun – A total of 82 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 Michael STEVENS 06:58 JM11-14 New PB!
2 Robbie SMEDLEY 07:31 JM11-14
4 Peter STEVENS 07:48 JM11-14 New PB!
5 Charlie BARNES 08:35 JM10 New PB!
29 Darcey HIRST 10:32 JW10
37 Fraser ANFORTH 10:57 JM10
44 Ellisia SMEDLEY 11:21 JW10 New PB!

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 111 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
97 Robin PRICE 33:48 VM70-74

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 221 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
139 Eileen JONES 28:51 VW65-69

Pendle parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
7 John HARTLEY 21:06 VM60-64
9 Alex CRAN 21:26 VM45-49

Skipton parkrun – A total of 146 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
90 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:33 VW50-54

Witton parkrun – A total of 91 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
10 David MOYNIHAN 22:20 VM50-54
88 Julia RUSHTON 47:14 VW50-54

Woodhouse Moor parkrun – A total of 280 runners took part.

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Age Cat  Note 
1 David BAGOT 17:54 SM25-29


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Adrienne Olszewska