Mid Lancs XC at Barrow

On arrival it was evident that the day would remain sunny and dry. The neighbours had their washing out!
However, sunny or not, the course was muddy in places as predicted, though this was evened out with pleasant path ways and grassy fields.The senior courses were two big laps for the ladies and three big laps for the men.

And it must be said, these cross country venues are great for supporting our fellow runners. The lads cheer on the ladies, prior to their race and the ladies (happy and relieved “its all over”!) cheer on the men. Additionally, more to be said, the cross country venues enable “road” to meet “fell” as in our favoured disciplines. On this particular day it was an honour to introduce Wendy Dodds, one of our legendary fell ladies, to our “relatively newer” ladies.
So, moving on to reporting our performance, Simon Wilshaw demonstrated a solid run for the under 15s in representing our younger section, alone. Top marks to you Simon!  Perhaps, the distance to Barrow from our neck of the woods was a major factor for a low turnout for our junior section (though we weren’t the only ones).

The ladies, however, saw a very good turnout (with distance in mind). Dawn Lock, one of the Mid Lancs League organisers commented on “all the Clayton ladies”, as we emerged sporting out tangerine hoodies! Represented by; Vicky Heys, Jean Knightley, Wendy Dodds, Georgina Slater, Christine Leathley, Sue Allen and myself, we achieved the following….  6th senior ladies, 4th over 35s, 1st over 45s and 1st over 55s. A massive well done girls!

Finally, our Clayton men achieved a team throught the categories. The “Barrow Cross Country Team” representing our Clayton men were;  Alex Cran, Mark Whiteman, Pete Browning, Dave Scott, Melvyn Thistlethwaite and our very own Bob Hirst. It was a relief to see this number of male runners appear at the field after learning that the “man flu” had taken its grip on many who intended to run (not to mention Foggy’s foot story and our chairman’s hamstring… a speedy recovery wished to all)!

The men’s senior section brought us in at 14th and the over 40s to the position of 5th. The over 50s achieved 3rd place and the over 60s 2nd. Well done lads!

After a hard afternoon’s competing, Team Clayton were treated to non other than my now famous “Flatjacks” (well I thought this batch could have been awarded the high status of “Flapjacks” but thats me blowing my own trumpet! Further comments/assessments welcome).

Good work Team Clayton!

Regards, Irene Roche

 

Ladies Cross Country, Hyndburn 14th December

A HUGE big MASSIVE thank you to all the ladies who ran today. A fantastic turnout to take on the mud and the adventurous twists offered by the woods of the Hyndeburn course. If this wasn’t enough to challenge us, on perhaps a final race before Christmas, one or two ladies turned up with an added challenge…hangovers, recovering injuries and recent recoveries from “the lurgy” .
Well done all ladies!

Next up is the Lancashire Champs Race at Witton Park Blackburn, Saturday 4th January 2014. 🙂

Cheers, Irene Roche

Clayton Ladies Liverpool Cross Country

With six ladies at Liverpool, we achieved just about mid table in results from senior to vets. Excellent work girls :-), Rebecca Louise Rawcliffe, Jean Knightley, Georgina Slater, Sarah Whittaker, Christine Leathley and me…
And Clayton Ladies won the FV55 award – Jk, C.L. and me 🙂
Conditions were certainly better than last year, that is, not quite as much mud! With last minute nerves left on the start line, we all enjoyed the race with our own stories to tell.
Its certainly a race apart from the other Mid Lancs fixtures as this one entails standing alongside runners competing for the European Championship qualifiers.
There was a special “buzz” about the whole day out.

Cheers girls, Irene

Liverpool Cross Country

Quick reminder!
If you wish to run at Liverpool for the Mid Lancs Cross Country fixture please let the XC captains know as soon as possible. The Mid Lancs organisers need to allocate numbers to the clubs taking part ASAP.
This is the only race within the Mid Lancs calendar which requires a seperate number to the one you already have. So whether you have raced or not (e.g.Townenely) you still require a new number at Liverpool. Ladies contact me, the gents contact Paul.
Face Book is the ideal quick way ….you can give either Paul or me a call by phone. Our contact numbers are in the Clayton News Letter.

Cheers, Irene

Ladies Cross Country

Well done and thank you to all the Clayton ladies who ran at Towneley on Saturday. We had a good a turn out, so good we could hardly fit on the photo taken before the race!! (to be placed on here soon…). A brilliant effort from all, achieving around mid table over all for Clayton ladies, proving “the more the better”  :-).

Next up is Liverpool at the end of the month. Although a bit of a journey its a good experience with the slightly longer course, lots of mud, flat (apart from one little incline worth a few strides)  and an earlier start to the other Mid Lancs races (check details for times in the news letter).

Hope to see you all there.

Regards Irene