Category Archive President’s Piece

ByAdrienne Olszewska

Seasons in the sun

We had joy we had fun… as many of the summer race series come to a close, it’s been another successful season for the club. Congratulations to Danny Collinge on his overall win at the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix. Lots of age category wins to go with this. As the season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect and also time to look ahead to cross country and winter racing.

Club President, David Scott, with some reflections of 50 years of the 3 Peaks.

It’s been 3 months since 3 Peaks day and time to put some reflections on paper. It was the first time for 50 years that I hadn’t stood on the start line feeling nervous and apprehensive. However, it was really interesting to watch the race for a change, especially the section from the bottom of Pen-y-Gent to Ribblehead AND I actually saw the winner finish!  A first!!

When I first joined Clayton as a teenager, I looked in some awe at Alan Heaton, George Brass, Stan Bradshaw and Alistair Patten who had run the ‘Three Peaks’ and George had actually won it twice.  I thought when I was old enough (you had to be 21 then) that I’d like to have a go at the race.  I was away at college when I was 21 so had to wait until 1965 when I was 22.  What a baptism of fire that proved to be! No advice, no long training runs, no support, no food, no drink; it is little wonder that I lay down on Whernside for more than half an hour before I managed to continue to the top, with some nuts and raisins from the Mountain Rescue guys who had approached, asking if I had seen a body lying down nearby which they had been watching through their binoculars!  The following year I went on a Mountaineering Course in North Wales, little knowing what a huge influence the race would have on my life over the next 50 years, so it was 1967 before my next race; newly married to Jill (celebrated our Golden Wedding in April this year); and not surprisingly I knocked 58 mins off my time!!

The weather has varied from blizzards, hailstones, torrential rain, thick mist to blazing sun.  In 1978 in really bad weather, Ted Pepper died on Ingleborough getting lost in the mist and leaving the summit in the wrong direction.  This resulted in the tapes that now lie along the plateau to the checkpoint. In the bad weather I always used to run down the line of upcoming runners.  In 1981 the race was postponed as snow was up to the top of the dry stone walls and it was held in October.  In 1993 Carole Greenwood was swept off her feet just in front of me as we crossed the river at the foot of Whernside and was taken probably 30 yards or more downstream before she managed to reach the bank.  Then in 2001, Foot and Mouth caused the race to be cancelled altogether.

Over the years 4 Clayton men have won the race; George Brass 1955, 58; Peter Dugdale 1957; Dennis Hopkinson 1963 and David Walker 2003.  Two other men who had been in Clayton, won when representing Blackburn and then came back to Clayton, were John Calvert 1976, 77, and Harry Walker 1978, 79 and 81.  Four ladies have also won the race; the phenomenal Vanessa Peacock 1985, 87, 88, and 89, Ruth Pickvance 1990, Jean Rawlinson 1995 and Beverley Whitfield 2003.

Because of the weather, the underfoot conditions, changes to the course, new paths, boards and paving stones, it is difficult to compare times. There have been at least 7 course changes whilst I’ve been taking part. The route from Pen-y-Gent to Ribblehead is now defined, but originally there were numerous options (some better than others……..going for a recce was key!!!)  Men who have finished in under 3 hours are:   Andy Churchill 2hrs.50.02, Clifford Waddington 2hrs.56.02, Keith Windle 2hrs.59.14, David Scott 2hrs.59.48…and now after a gap of over 30 years, Chris Holdsworth  2hrs.54.49

We have won team prizes on many occasions but one of the best years was 1998 when we won the Mens, Ladies and Vets. There have also been lots of individual awards and record holders in the various age categories

Last winter was strange for me not doing over 20 training runs of 3 hours plus in preparation for the race. Increasing age made it necessary to do so much and although I missed the long runs on Pendle, looking back it was a relief not having the pressure of having to do them and it was lovely to be able to go on a lengthy holiday to South Africa! Finally I do have 1 Elite, 14 First Class certificates and 29 runs under 4 hours.

Hope this article may have been of some interest to our younger members and huge congratulations to Chris for a super run and all that it’s lead to.

David Scott.

And now onto this week’s action…


This was the fifth and final race in the Club’s Summer Series. 23 club members turned out.  The race was won by Luke Turner. Claire Vincent was the first lady. As with all the summer series races, runners had to estimate their race time. Andrew Howarth  was the most accurate estimator being only 5 seconds out.

Full Results



Three Clayton Harriers took part in the Pilgrims Cross Fell Race, a 6 mile race with 1102ft of ascent, organised by Rossendale Harriers. Alan Life was our first finisher in 28th. Andrew Firth was 99th and Stephen Fish was 110th.

Pos Name Cat Time
28 Alan Life MV50 00:48:56
99 Andrew Firth MV55 01:02:02
110 Stephen Fish MV60 01:04:36

Full Results



Stephen Biscomb was our sole representative in the Blackpool Air Show 10K. He finished in 67th place with a time of 44:16.

Pos Name Category Time
67 Stephen Biscomb V60 44:16

Full Results


Another big turnout for the club despite the clash with many summer holidays. There was a win for Danny Collinge with Luke Turner joining him in the top ten. Claire Vincent was our first lady runner in 72nd place overall and 5th lady in the race.

Happy Clayton Runners at the end of the Boulsworth Fell Race

Happy Clayton Runners at the end of the Boulsworth Fell Race

There were age category wins for Jeff Pickup (1st M65), Angela Shian (1st W40), and Anita Jones (1st W60).

Pos Name Category Time
1 Danny Collinge MU23 42:29
8 Luke Turner MSEN 46:25
13 Chris Snell MSEN 47:37
22 Garry Wilkinson M50 49:15
24 Paul Hesketh M50 49:41
30 Neil Hardiman M45 50:32
45 Chris Whiteoak MSEN 52:52
53 David Moynihan M50 54:22
54 Curtis Holt MU21 54:24
57 Sean Claire M50 54:31
62 Craig Nicholls M40 55:01
72 Claire Vincent WSEN 56:10
77 Jeffrey Pickup M65 57:34
78 Reece Lawrence MU21 57:43
82 Michael Clarke M40 57:56
89 James Dunderdale MSEN 58:24
103 Mick Hughes M40 1:00:01
110 Elizabeth Mullan WSEN 1:01:22
119 Stuart Proctor M40 1:02:23
122 Adam Stephenson MSEN 1:02:59
123 Jeremy Bradshaw M45 1:03:05
124 Chris Lawrence M50 1:03:09
129 Alan Archer M55 1:04:23
131 Angela Shian W40 1:04:30
133 Carl Carey M45 1:04:36
145 Barbara Savage W50 1:07:10
150 Donna Scott W50 1:07:57
154 Jane Ryan W40 1:09:23
157 Lucy Scott WSEN 1:10:33
158 Jean Rawlinson W65 1:10:51
162 Julia Rushton W50 1:11:39
174 Rebecca Bradshaw WSEN 1:14:02
175 Janine Pollard W45 1:15:05
177 Bethany Quinn WU21 1:15:15
178 Mark Robin Knowles M40 1:15:36
192 Christine Egerton W65 1:23:01
195 Judith Carey WSEN 1:25:00
196 Julia Taylor W55 1:25:25
201 Christine Leathley W65 1:29:50
206 Jack McGuire M60 1:33:21
207 Geraldine Varley W55 1:34:04
208 Anita Jones W60 1:34:04
209 Ron Chappell M65 1:35:40

Full Results



Ruby Cleaver and Emily Johnson ran in the U7/U9 race.

Emily Johnson in the U

Emily Johnson in the U9 Race – Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
15 Ruby Cleaver U9G 5:10
16 Emily Johnson U9G 5:21

Full Results

U11 / U13 RACE

Matthew Jackson and Helana White were our first finishers in the U13 category and Joshua McKay and Emily Nicholls were our first finisher in the U11s.

Guy Whittle in the U11/U13 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Guy Whittle in the U11/U13 Race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
5 Matthew Jackson U13B 7:20.8
12 Helena White U13G 8:08.7
16 Guy Whittle U13B 8:26.2
19 Joshua Mckay U11B 8:37.1
20 Brayden Clarkson U11B 8:40.2
23 Thomas Ashworth U11B 8:45.0
34 Emily Nicholls U11G 10:02.7

Full Results

U15/U17 RACE

There was a strong turnout for this race with Josh Hall taking the overall win, Jackson McKay 2nd and 1st in his age group. Ella Dorrington was 7th overall and 1st U15 girl.  There were no U17 girls in the race.

Ella Dorrington in the U15/U17 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Ella Dorrington in the U15/U17 race. Photo by David Belshaw

Pos Name Category Time
1 Josh Hall U17B 15:59
2 Jackson Mckay U15B 16:24
3 Michael Stevens U15B 17:14
5 Lennon Jackson U15B 18:13
6 William Nicholls U15B 18:36
7 Ella Dorrington U15G 19:18
8 Tom Holden U17B 19:45
9 Sophie Ashworth U15G 20:17

Full Results


A small group of strong runners gave the Grand Prix race a miss to head over to Preston and tackle the City of Preston 10 Mile race.

Report From Jon Cleaver

Setting off from the village hall in Walmer Bridge it was a 2 x 5 mile loop course on pretty flat terrain. Setting off with the front pack I went off a bit too hot and was clocking a good 5km pace at mile 2 – not a good strategy! Had to get things under control and slow down a touch to ensure a blow out didn’t happen. I ran under 30 minutes for my first five putting me within reach of my sub 60 goal but I started to fade a bit towards the end (unbeknownst to me the pack I was chasing was predominantly 5 mile runners!) Overall happy with 9th place and securing second place in the road championships. Good fast course which I would highly recommend for a 10 mile PB. In addition both men and women picked up best team prizes which was the cherry on the cake. Well done all that competed.

Pos Number Name Time
9 130 Jonathan Cleaver 01:00:57
20 242 Daniel Plant 01:05:33
40 395 James Boult 01:10:16
42 150 Amanda Duffy 01:10:31
53 343 Robert Morrison 01:13:08
56 304 Donna Airey 01:13:16
76 108 Sarah Angelone 01:16:45
78 365 Colin White 01:16:58
105 101 Michelle Abbott 01:22:00
195 241 Tracy Plant 01:41:18


Martin Brady was our sole representative in this 13 mile trail race with 1411ft of ascent. The race is part of the Lowther Show and the scenic route takes runners across Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley.

Pos Name Cat Time
83 Martin Brady MV50 02:07:41


Bedfont Lakes parkrun – A total of 201 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
14 Peter STEVENS 21:30 JM11-14 First Timer!

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun – A total of 315 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
19 Robbie SMEDLEY 20:25 JM11-14 First Timer!
34 Cassandra Darling SMEDLEY 22:13 VW35-39 First Timer!
235 Ellisia SMEDLEY 33:04 JW10 First Timer!

Burnley parkrun – A total of 374 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
1 Tom BREWSTER 17:28 SM30-34
3 Nicholas HENNESSEY 18:18 JM15-17
4 Dave MOTLEY 18:27 VM35-39 New PB!
5 Josh HALL 18:37 JM15-17
6 Kevin DAVIES 18:40 VM55-59
8 Matthew DUCKWORTH 19:09 SM25-29
9 Michael STEVENS 19:21 JM11-14
35 Lennon JACKSON 21:24 JM11-14
57 Michelle ABBOTT 22:37 VW35-39
59 Sophie ASHWORTH 22:40 JW11-14
72 Colin WHITE 23:13 VM40-44
77 Charlie BIRTWISTLE 23:30 JM11-14
93 Aaron LUNDIE 24:18 JM15-17
96 Toby BIRTWISTLE 24:24 JM10
105 Lynsey BIRTWISTLE 24:41 VW35-39
109 Justin BIRTWISTLE 24:54 VM40-44
117 Brian WILDMAN 25:15 VM50-54
120 Lisa JOHNSON 25:26 VW45-49
121 Annabel WILCOCK 25:27 JW15-17
122 John WILCOCK 25:35 VM50-54
158 Donna SCOTT 27:13 VW50-54
175 Thomas ASHWORTH 27:40 JM10
216 Alan DORRINGTON 29:36 VM45-49
220 Stuart BARKER 29:43 VM50-54
250 Bethany WHEATCROFT 31:04 JW11-14
280 Emily JOHNSON 32:24 JW10 New PB!
283 Marion WILKINSON 32:28 VW75-79

Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 100 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
84 Robin PRICE 33:47

Edinburgh parkrun – A total of 480 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
10 Jacob WATSON 16:51 SM30-34 First Timer!

Hull parkrun – A total of 446 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
197 Eileen JONES 27:19 VW65-69 First Timer!

Lytham Hall parkrun – A total of 161 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
39 Philip NAYLOR 23:11 VM40-44 New PB!
113 Helen HARRISON 28:38 VW45-49 First Timer!

Pendle parkrun – A total of 63 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
11 John HARTLEY 21:31 VM60-64
29 Katy THOMPSON 26:55 VW60-64
35 Paul THOMPSON 27:21 VM45-49 First Timer!

Skipton parkrun – A total of 150 runners took part.

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Note
107 Yvonne WICKHAM 29:45 VW50-54