Category Archive Seniors Fell

ByPeter Booth

Racing 16th/17th March 2013

On Saturday, fifteen members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers made the short trip to take part in the Heptonstall Fell Race, a ‘B’ long race of 15½ miles (25K) with 3000 feet of climb around the moors and trails of Hardcastle Crags. First Clayton home, in fourth place was Matt Lalor, in a time of 2:05:08, just 7 minutes behind the winner, Adam Osborne of Leeds City. Also in the prizes was Anna Kelly, who was third female to finish, first LV50 in a new record time for her age category, in 100th place overall out of 225 finishers.

Earlier in the day, Tom Brewster had finished in first place and set a new PB – 18.01 – at the Burnley Parkrun, a 5K run held each Saturday morning in Towneley Park. Not to be outdone, Clayton juniors Chris Archer and Eleanor Root also set personal bests, as did Tony Scott, Christine Leathley and Yvonne Wickham, who are not juniors any more!

Meanwhile, in the southern Lake District, winner of last week’s Dentdale Run Breton Holdsworth maintained his good form by gaining a very creditable 7th place at the Cartmel Trail Race, a very wet and muddy course along the tracks and trails to the north of Morecambe Bay.

Last, but by no means least, Steve Biscomb completed the Ultrafit St Annes 10 mile road race in 1:10:00, a time which gave him  72nd place, 9th in his age group. Yvonne Wickham completed her second run of the weekend in 181st place (5th F45) in a field of 255 competitors.

ByPeter Booth

What a Weekend for Clayton

Last Saturday, 9th March was a red letter day for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.  Breton Holdsworth claimed a brilliant first place at the super tough Dentdale Run, a 14 mile road race. Enjoying his first-ever race win Bret clocked 1:24:42 and had a 40 second margin over second place, with over 300 others trailing in his wake.

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At the same, in Barley, Barrie Walmsley and Keith Thompson supported by a legion of Clayton members, were staging the 3rd Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round which saw around 200 runners, including over 30 in orange black and white, take on the 9.5 mile course which incorporates 2000 feet of ascent. Former English and British fell running champion, Rob Hope broke the course record, defeating top fell runners Lloyd Taggart, Carl Bell and Ian Holmes in the process. Clayton’s top runner was Dave Edmondson in 18th place, closely followed by new dad, Dave Motley, our fell captain.  Next came Mike Wallis and Phil Hall  first and 2nd Vet 50s respectively. Jean Brown was third lady home and Linda Lord won the LV60 category. In the men’s V60 race, Jack Holt and Pete Booth held a re-run of last year’s encounter with Pete reversing the 2012 result by crossing the line 3 seconds in front of Jack to win the category.

Meanwhile, just over the (Yorkshire) border, Dave Naughton was winning the MV50 category in the Wuthering Hike (aka Haworth Hobble). Dave finished in 11th place, clocking 4:50:08 for the 31 mile course. Just 7 minutes and 6 places behind was Martin Terry, second MV50. Not to be outdone by her male counterparts, Wendy Dodds won the ladies V60 category in just over 6 hours.

Clayton ‘Brummie’, Paul Shackleton performed well at the Cardington Mill Canter while, closer to home on Sunday, there were plenty of Clayton representatives at the Roddlesworth Roller (seniors) and Daffodil Doddle (juniors) races run from Abbey Village.


Stanbury Splash

Six of you managed to get over to Haworth, which is six more than I expected given the  weather! Well done to all of you, the results (pdf) are on the Woodentops website.

A special mention to Ella who unfortunately got started in the wrong race! She ran strongly and would have placed well in the u10 so better luck for next time.