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January 2020 Roundup

Welcome to the new decade and the January 2020 Roundup. We had sad news this month of the death of Michael O’Donnell. His running friend Alex Cran has paid tribute to Michael shared some wonderful memories of him below. We have … Continue reading »

December Roundup

December was a very quiet month for racing , with no cross country fixtures and just a handful of fell, road and trail races. Read the Race Reports section to hear about our fellow team members’ race experiences. As many … Continue reading »

November Roundup

 November Roundup This month has seen much rain, and, inevitably, MUD! We’ve had some great team and individual results in the Red Rose Cross Country league, with its climax at a typically muddy Marl Pits. Read about Jack Villiers’ individual … Continue reading »

October Roundup

October 2019 Roundup October has brought us colder weather, more rain and …mud…. lots of it at the various cross countries this month, as my washing machine can testify! As ever, we’ve had runners representing the club in many races … Continue reading »

September Roundup

 September Roundup Contents Race Reports Results Roundup Parkrun Roundup Race Reports Northern Athletics Road Relays by Richard Stevenson (Photos from the Road Relays Facebook Page) There are not many opportunities where you can watch and run against some of the … Continue reading »

July/August Roundup

July/August Roundup It’s a bit of a short edition this month – many thanks to David, Rebecca and Richard for your reports. I’m not sure that getting you to volunteer to provide race reports is working, so from now on … Continue reading »

June Roundup

Welcome to June’s Roundup This month you’ve got a wealth of interesting Race Reports and articles to read. The Roundup is nothing without these, so special thanks go to this month’s contributors – Rachael White, Michelle Abbott, Katy Thompson, Craig … Continue reading »

May Roundup

Thanks for this month’s Roundup go to Kath Brady (for uploading results to the Team Clayton Facebook page, keeping me up to date with who’s running where), to Mark Nutter for his brilliant race report, and to Jason Pier and … Continue reading »

Asda Green Token £500 award

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Juniors were recently presented with a cheque for £500 from the Asda Green Token Scheme. The scheme which runs quarterly in stores is to help local community groups, sees Asda customers choose from one of three causes, and … Continue reading »

April Roundup

Clayton Harriers have been very busy racing not just all over the country (from fell to road and even the London Marathon – well done Colin White and Elizabeth Stephenson), but internationally too – see Donna Airey’s report of her … Continue reading »

March Roundup

Welcome to the March Roundup. As ever, if I’ve missed anything out, please let me know so I can make corrections. Race reports are desperately needed – you can email these to me – It’s been a busy month … Continue reading »

February Roundup

February might be our shortest month, but it’s given a lot of great racing which has inspired a bumper month of race reports. Thanks so much to our contributors (in no particular order) Alan Dorrington, Richard Stevenson, Donna Airey, Sarah … Continue reading »

Moorhouse's sponsorship

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers are delighted to announce that Moorhouse’s Brewery are proud sponsors of our Pendle Fell Races and Club Fell Competitions for 2019. All adult finishers in the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, Pendle Fell Race, Pendle Cloughs Fell Race, Mearley … Continue reading »

January Roundup

It appears to have been a quiet month, race-wise. Don’t be fooled though – some of our veteran ladies and gents have been leading the way in the Kendal Winter League, with a special mention to Jean Brown (who seems … Continue reading »

December Roundup

Happy New Year Team Clayton! The start of December seems ages ago, but a wet start to the month saw the first real mud at the cross country races, and a chance to test my washing machine’s capabilities of removing … Continue reading »

November Roundup

I can’t believe that November has passed by so quickly, and the countdown to Christmas is upon us. Cross country fixtures have come thick and fast, with my Saturdays spent driving round the county ferrying 2 or 3 youngsters to … Continue reading »

Lancashire Sports Awards 2018

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers are proud to be Club of the Year at the Lancashire Sports Awards 2018! Also at these awards, Briony Holt was Highly Commended as Young Achiever of the Year, and Jason Pier, one of our Junior coaches, was … Continue reading »

October Roundup

It’s been a while since the last roundup. I’m using October as a practice, and I’m sure it will improve as I get more used to it. But remember, this is your club – you are a diverse group, racing … Continue reading »

From snowdrifts to snowdrops - the March and April Roundup

3 March – Mid Lancs XC League Round 6 This was the cross-country final that nearly wasn’t. Whilst the Beast from the East did it’s best to snowdrift the country into a complete standstill, the M6 northwards and western fringes … Continue reading »

Winter's not over till it's over...

No let up in the winter weather this month with gales, snow, ice and then a proper cold snap heading toward the UK at the end of month. Of course none of that deterred the Clayton runners from hitting muddy … Continue reading »

Briony Holt interview

“Keep going. Sometimes you may feel as if you’re not improving or you may be injured, but if you keep going, you will get there.” James Boult interviews Briony Holt, who represented England in the 2017 Mountain Running Junior Home … Continue reading »

Kicking off 2018 with a (X) Country flavour!

It’s been (mostly) about cross-country during this otherwise quiet month, with the Lancashire Championships, and Mid Lancs League as well as some other mud-based action further afield. Worthy of special mention, is the club’s Junior section who continued training hard … Continue reading »

December's Festive Roundup

Into December and on toward Christmas and the New Year, the cross-country season rolls on with guest appearances from the fell and road runners around the festive break. To round off the year, there have been Junior wins, Senior wins, … Continue reading »

Remember, remember, the Roundup in November

As we head through Autumn and toward Winter proper, the mud has been building and the cross-country races coming thick and fast. Two Red Rose fixtures and the expanded Mid Lancs fixture at the Liverpool National Cross Series have kept … Continue reading »

It's Autumn, it's October and the Roundup is back!

Welcome to the first of the new-look Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Roundups. As many of you will know, Adrienne Olszewska has stepped down as your Roundup editor having completed an incredible run of weekly Roundups over the past few years. Having deputised … Continue reading »

Time to say goodbye

Well dear readers, after three years of compiling the weekly roundup, the time has come to hang up my editorial hat and move on. Did you know that over 70 individuals have submitted race reports in that time which is … Continue reading »


It’s a whopping double edition this week! You’d think there wouldn’t be much going on this time of year, but as usual our club members have been out there racing and competing all over the place.  You have been doing … Continue reading »

Wake me up when September Ends

Hang on… there’s no time for lounging around. Oh no, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers have been out and at it with gusto. You’ve been fell running up the biggest mountains, at country fairs, up crags, down scree and all over the place. … Continue reading »

The times they are a changin'

There’s a change in the air and the leaves are beginning to fall. Summer is over and Autumn is moving in. The summer races are fast fading but there’s still plenty going on for Clayton Harriers. It’s been a great … Continue reading »

Summer lovin' happened so fast...

but not nearly as fast as our runners! Even in the midst of the holiday season, plenty of you are out and about racing hard. There’s been a range of gala fell racing, half marathons, parkrun tourism and new course … Continue reading »

Chris Holdsworth interview

“Stay humble, don’t get an ego and let your racing do the talking. Work hard but buy regular Dominos pizzas to make up for it.” James Boult interviews Chris Holdsworth on his return from his Team GB debut at the … Continue reading »

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. … Continue reading »

Climb Every Mountain

What an epic week! This week you’ve been representing Team GB, tackling classic Lakeland fell races, hitting new PBs and turning out en masse at the latest Grand Prix race. Huge congratulations to Christopher Holdsworth on his Team GB debut … Continue reading »

Run it fast, run it long, run it any which way!

This week you’ve recorded times from 4 mins 45 seconds to 33 hours 56 minutes and lots more in between with some short and snappy runs, some really loong ones and some pretty soggy ones too. And there’s been racing … Continue reading »

Thunderbolts and Lightning

…very, very frightening race! Well it was on Wednesday evening for some of our hardy fellrunners. Other than a bit of thunderbolt dodging, you have been uphill and downhill, out in force at the Towneley 10K and junior races as … Continue reading »

Hills, hills and more hills!

With a few notable exceptions who went looong, you’ve been hitting the hills this week. Welsh hills, Lakeland hills and our very own local hills. Those gruesome hill rep sessions seem to have been paying off as there have been … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

Hitting the trails and breaking records

It’s been a bit of a trail running fest this week. Starting off in Worsthorne, via Witton Park and finally to Trawden you have truly been out in force this week. Off the trails there’s been some road racing, fell … Continue reading »

Trails, fells and more

Midsummer madness is upon us with so many races to choose from it’s increasingly tricky keeping up with all of our intrepid racers.  This week has seen a huge turnout at the Sabden race, there’s been some high Lakeland fell … Continue reading »

The heat is on!

What a scorcher! But as always you have been keeping your cool and making your presence felt. You’ve been out in huge numbers at lots of events, competing in championship races, winning medals and enduring the heat with a smile … Continue reading »

Going the extra mile

What a week! There have been some amazing efforts from our members as they took part in the Pendle Hill 22 for 22 challenge with plenty more of you turning up to support and join in along the way.  There’s … Continue reading »

Summer runnin', happened so fast

Summer runnin’, had me a blast! Yes dear readers, summer is here and you lot are busy racing here, there and everywhere. Even slipping in a sneaky race or parkrun whilst on holidays at times. It’s been yet another action-packed … Continue reading »

Summertime, and the runnin' is easy

Things hotted up this week weather-wise, before a slightly inevitable Bank Holiday denouement and a break in the weather. There was a really varied choice of racing fayre on offer this week and as is customary, Claytoners were out winning … Continue reading »

Mad cows and fell runners!

Wow! Our members have most certainly been out in force this week! We’ve had huge turnouts of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers at Pinhaw and the Calderdale Way relay and plenty of fell running, road running and parkrunning too. You’ve been on the highest of hills, … Continue reading »

The kids are all right

As we steam towards summer, there’s racing galore! As always our members have been racing hard but the glory goes to our younger runners this week.  As well as competing in the FRA championships, lots of our young runners have … Continue reading »

Making our mark

Well you have certainly been making your mark this week from call ups to Team GB to mass attendance at races.  There have been Great Hill Races, trail races, road racing in parks and by the sea as well as … Continue reading »

Peaking for the Bank Holiday weekend

The introduction of the beginning of May Bank Holiday by Michael Foot in 1978 might have been a response to a traditional day off for workers in Iron Curtain countries at the time, but it’s fair to say that the … Continue reading »

Feeling epic!

What a week! Big races, small races and everything in between, and, as always, you have been giving it your all. We’ve had runners at the two biggest marathons in the world and at classic Lakeland fell races. We’ve also been celebrating success at the … Continue reading »

Eggstra Good!

It’s been an ‘eggs’cellent week of racing over the Easter Break. You have been out racing and indulging in a lot of parkrun tourism to burn off all those Easter Eggs no doubt. There’s been some particularly good performances from our junior … Continue reading »

Grinds, Bunnies and Horseshoes

The lighter nights are here and midweek evening races are coming back so lots of you are racing 2 or 3 times a week now. This week saw the first British Fell Championship race in Northern Ireland and some Lakeland fell … Continue reading »

Up hills, down dales and round the streets

It’s nearly the Easter holidays but there is no let up to your racing action. The fell season is in full swing now with County Championship medals among the successes this week, as well as a batch of PBs for … Continue reading »

Springing forward!

The clocks have changed and the weather this weekend couldn’t have been more different to the grim conditions we saw just 7 days ago.  The sun was out and the vests were on without a warming base layer for almost … Continue reading »

Rainy days don't get us down!

It’s been a week of long races, short races and plenty of mud! Even with a night of revelling and celebrating success at the club awards night at the weekend, there was still plenty of action around. Our talented juniors … Continue reading »

Hobbling, Rolling, Navigating and Running Fast

It’s been a truly challenging weekend for our members. There have been ultra distances (both planned and unplanned!), navigational triumphs and woes, fell running, marathon practice, PB smashing 5Ks, and representing the county in cross country. You’ve been giving it … Continue reading »

Harriers are Marching In

There was a brief sniff of spring in the air for a few moments on Saturday as our members raced hard at the cross country fixture in Leigh and on Pendle Hill. Another successful cross country season has come to … Continue reading »

Muddy miles, pacy parks and fast fells

A real mixed bag this week as our members have been racing all over the place; at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham, on the fells of Yorkshire and Cumbria, the parks of Lancashire and Cheshire with some tricky trail … Continue reading »

Fells, trails and promenades

Better weather this week as our members headed out onto the fells, trails and promenades to race. A trio of runners braved the dark for a night fell race and our ladies won a team prize at Bleasdale. The first … Continue reading »

Run to the Hills

It’s been a chilly and hilly kind of week with some harsh weather adding plenty of challenge for our hardy fell runners. There’s also been some coastal cross country, rugged recces, fast 5Ks and a touch of romance as well. There is definitely … Continue reading »

Trogs, Trails and Winter Warmers

What a great week! A record breaking win at the Grizedale trail marathon for Chris Holdsworth, superb results at the Blackburn Winter Warmers, plenty of trogging at Wadsworth, orienteering at Spring Wood, and Clayton juniors all over the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships. … Continue reading »

Hoofstones, Whitestones and good deeds!

Another busy week for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers. There has been plenty of action across the board, with a select group travelling to Knowsley for the Northern Cross Country Championships, fell running, and road racing at both 10 mile and 10K distances where a helping hand was … Continue reading »

Long ones, fast ones and hilly ones

Even a quiet week still has plenty enough to report on.  The Hebden kick starts the year for our longer distance and ultra runners and this year a couple of juniors joined in as well. There was also half marathon and fell racing … Continue reading »

What January blues?

No sign of the January blues here at Clayton-le-Moors Harriers! There’s been plenty of great results in cross country, fell racing and on the trails to well and truly blow away the cobwebs. We’ve had new members racing for the … Continue reading »

2017 gets off to a champion start

What a great start to 2017! One thing is for sure; Clayton-le-Moors Harriers don’t wait to kick start the new year. With parkrun doubles and classic fell races on New Year’s Day you were out and about as you mean to go … Continue reading »