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ByJacob Watson

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship, plus the rest of the Weekend’s action!

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship

“All the top names in fell running were in attendance, and it was quite evident that we would have our work cut out for us! … It was as windy as hell out there!

The 26th running of the British Fell and Hill Championships took place on Sunday 19th October on the beautiful Middleton Fells in East Cumbria. Clayton had entered four teams in the event- men’s A and B, men’s vet 50’s and a ladies team. All the top names in fell running were in attendance, and it was quite evident that we would have our work cut out for us! 

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship
Wendy Dodds (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska)

Conditions on the day were far from perfect. As Rob Hope said shortly after winning the first stage, “It was as windy as hell out there.” However, at least it stayed dry, visibility was good and the course was mainly runnable.

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship
Alison Dugdale and Anna Kelly (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska)

For the ladies, Lisa Richardson ran well in a very fast first leg. As she handed over to Alison Dugdale and me, our team was in 33rd position in the ladies category. Leg 2 was a toughie but we managed to finish 14th ladies’ team and 134th overall. Expert navigators Jean Brown and Wendy Dodds had an excellent run on leg 3, matching our 14th ladies’ spot but gaining ten positions in the overall standings. Vicki Heys was last up, and she ran a strong final leg to finish 20th lady and 144th overall. In the final standings, we were placed 17th out of 45 ladies’ teams (132nd overall) which was a great result considering the high standard of runners we were competing against.

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship
Ryan Wilkinson and Carl Helliwell (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska)

The men’s A team finished 37th out of 187 finishers, and the B team were 108th. Sadly, due to a couple of navigational errors on legs 2 and 3, the vet 50’s joined the 26 other teams who either did not finish or were disqualified.  

UKA British Fell and Hill running Championship
Carl Helliwell – One of 3 Clayton runners who lost his shoe! (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska)

I would like to finish with a big thank you to the team captains Jean, Dave and Shack, for their time and effort in organising a grand day out.

UKA British Fell and Hill running ChampionshipJordan McDonald (minus 1 shoe!) running for Team A (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska)

Fell relay results

Pos Team Competitors Cat Time Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4
37th Clayton-le-Moors Harriers – A Jordan Mcdonald/Dave Motley/Jacob Boyle/Ryan Belshaw/Dave Nuttall/Andrew Stubbs Open 04:27:18 00:53:20 (101st) 01:29:26 (40th) 01:13:50 (33rd) 00:50:42 (39th)
108th Clayton-le-Moors Harriers – B George Pier/Ryan Wilkinson/Carl Helliwell/Paul Wale/Pete Booth/Nicholas Olszewski Open 05:10:29 00:59:51 (164th) 01:35:32 (67th) 01:35:05 (156th) 01:00:01 (124th)
132nd Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Lisa Richardson/Anna Kelly/Alison Dugdale/Wendy Dodds/Jean Brown/Vicky Heys Female 05:27:31 01:02:16 (181st) 01:53:17 (134th=) 01:29:07 (124th) 01:02:51 (144th)
mp Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Dave Naughton/Ian Greenwood/Paul Shackelton/Stephen Whittaker/Mark Aspinall/Garry Wilkinson Male V50 05:07:15 00:51:46 (87th) 01:56:33 (148th) m3 00:52:53 (59th)

Full results (including individual legs / splits) can be found at

Many thanks to Anna Kelly for this week’s great race report!

Race You To The Summit

Despite taking a tumble and receiving some impressive battle scars, Chistopher Holdsworth continued his brilliant running streak with a win at Saturday’s Race You To The Summit.

DSC_8699Chistopher Holdsworth – Claiming first place at this year’s Race You To The Summit

Christopher was in good company with plenty of fellow Clayton members also recording decent times. Good stuff guys!

Pos Name Cat Time
44 IAN ROBINSON V60 40:41:00
46 DUGALD McCALLUM V60 40:51:00
61 MARTIN BRADY V50 44:50:00
72 ROBERT HIRST V60 48:07:00
80 ADAM HAMER 52:19:00
83 JOHN T. FRANCIS V70 54:44:00

Full results available at

Green Drive 5

It was good to see a strong turnout of our road runners at Lytham St Annes Green Drive 5 on Sunday. Congratulations to Kevin Davies, David Scott and Marion Wilkinson for scooping first in their respective categories!

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Pace per Km/Mile Time
20 Kevin Davies M50 001/019 03.49/06.08 00:30:41
52 Stephen Biscomb M60 002/011 04.11/06.44 00:33:38
65 Alan Clarkson M55 003/023 04.22/07.02 00:35:10
82 Jason Pier M40 013/016 04.35/07.23 00:36:54
83 David Scott M70 001/008 04.36/07.23 00:36:57
90 Brian Wildman M45 013/020 04.40/07.31 00:37:35
149 Richard Lawson M70 004/008 05.14/08.25 00:42:05
150 Jackie Kershaw F40 008/017 05.14/08.25 00:42:07
196 Marion Wilkinson F70 001/001 05.38/09.04 00:45:20
209 Christine Egerton F60 004/006 05.50/09.23 00:46:53
210 Kevin O’Brien M70 007/008 05.53/09.27 00:47:17
228 Christine Leathley F65 003/004 06.16/10.05 00:50:23

Round Rotherham 50 Mile Run

A special mention goes out to Martin Terry for a great run at Round Rotherham 50 mile race.

Martin finished the gruelling run in 7th position and recorded an impressively speedy time of 7:54:34.

Full results available at

Parkrun Roundup

Plenty of Clayton vests for Saturday morning’s various Parkrun events. It was also good to see a turnout of orange and white at the inaugural Fell Foot Parkrun as well. A special mention goes out to Terry O’Leary who managed a top 10 place at Burnley despite having to stop to tie his shoes laces, not once, but twice(!) on the way round. Good effort!

Pos Gender Pos Name Time Cat Other
LEEDS parkrun– 424 Runners
3 3 Jonny MCKENNA 00:16:35 SM25-29
BURNLEY parkrun – 187 Runners
2 2 Jonathon PYE 00:18:26 SM25-29
4 4 Jacob WATSON 00:18:39 SM30-34
6 6 Richard STEVENSON 00:19:22 VM35-39
7 7 Terry O’LEARY 00:19:49 VM35-39 Sub 20 despite laces becoming untied. Twice!
15 14 Gordon BARRETT 00:21:08 VM50-54
25 23 Stephen AINSWORTH 00:22:18 VM55-59
39 35 Martin BRADY 00:23:26 VM50-54
42 38 Dexta THOMPSON 00:23:35 JM10 New PB!
51 45 Brian WILDMAN 00:24:13 VM45-49
69 12 Julia RUSHTON 00:24:49 VW50-54
87 71 Colin WOOLFORD 00:26:16 VM35-39
93 73 Richard LAWSON 00:26:48 VM70-74
98 24 Liberty THOMPSON 00:27:03 JW11-14
103 26 Donna SCOTT 00:27:21 VW45-49
111 33 Adrienne OLSZEWSKA 00:27:56 VW45-49
119 35 Annabel WILCOCK 00:28:18 JW11-14
120 85 John WILCOCK 00:28:21 VM50-54
122 87 Stuart BARKER 00:28:25 VM45-49
Dewsbury parkrun – 98 Runners
89 51 Robin PRICE 00:36:00 VM70-74
Pendle parkrun – 48 Runners
3 3 John HARTLEY 00:20:48 VM55-59
6 5 Richard BRISCOE 00:21:16 VM35-39
Fell Foot parkrun – 247 Runners (Inaugural event)
81 60 George THOMPSON 00:26:01 VW60-64 First run at this event
84 23 Katy THOMPSON 00:26:21 VW60-64 First run at this event
166 68 Eileen JONES 00:31:41 VM60-64 First run at this event

Junior News

A special mention goes out to Eleanor Root for her recent successful Cross Country Races! Results listed below:

Event Date Pos Full Results Other
Bingley AC Cross Country competition 24/09/14 3rd Click for results
Malsis Cross Country 08/10/14 3rd Click for results
English Schools Cross Country Cup North Yorkshire Round 15/10/14 6th Click for results Team Qualified for Northern Final

A credit to the Junior team. It’s brilliant to see our Junior members achieve such a wide range of success. Well done!