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ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors at Large; Wednesday 23rd July

DSC_0011The FRA junior championship has now drawn to a close and Briony Holt’s win at Kettlewell has secured her joint first place in the under 12; well done Briony!

The winners cup is on a timeshare; Chloe Rylance of Ambleside gets to look after it for six months then I’m sure it’ll have pride of place in the Holt household.

Our Three Seasons Challenge has finally finished with thirteen members making the trip to  Widdop. The results table has been updated and we’ll organise a prize giving early in the Autumn term. Well done to all who took part,whether you just managed to get to a few races or you won your age group. It’s especially encouraging to see more younger runners coming through in the under 8 and under 10 categories, proof that Marion’s Thursday sessions are increasingly popular and are producing results.


Also in the news; Jordan McDonald was nominated for a Burnley Sports Award as a Rising Star. He attended the prize giving dinner on Thursday 10th July and got to meet five times Olympian and world record  swimmer Mark Foster.



Team Root has been busy at multi sport again; Ellie Root came 6th girl out of 14th in Tri-stars 3 in the Wirral Triathlon on Sunday 29th June and both Ellie & Grace Root took part in the Salt Ayre Triathlon, Grace was 4th girl (out of 6) in supersprint and Ellie was 8th girl out of 22. After Wirral Ellie is currently standing in 10th position in the North West Junior Tri Championships.


Well done to all our runners at the Trawden 7 junior races, you get a mention and a picture in Chris Holdsworth’s race round up HERE.

That’s all for this week, well done to you all, apologies to anyone I’ve missed!


Pictures courtesy of;


Andy Ford/EightImaging


ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors at Large; Saturday 12th July

We’ve had a busy two weeks, with the full mix of fell, trail, parkrun and road races.

Continuing her attack on the BOFRA junior championship, Briony Holt finished first u14 girl at Kirby Gala. This result puts her in 4th place with races in hand. Big brother Curtis Holt tried his hand at the u17 course, finishing 4th.

Race 8 of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix was the Burnley Boys Club 5k, where 6 juniors took part. Jordan McDonald was first junior home in 11th place out of over a hundred runners. Also running were Alex Townrow (30th) and Tom Bradley (46th). For the girls we had Alice Pier finishing 1st (and 4th lady overall), followed by Bethany Quinn 2nd (12th girl overall) and last but not least; Riaghnach Jameson finished 3rd girl in 29:02.

The Witton Park Trail Relay on Thursday 26th June was an excellent chance for some team building. This is a tough course with a long drag to the peak and a fast descent to the finish. Clayton juniors entered three teams and had some excellent results;

First Junior Team; Alex Townrow, Kenan Eti, Tom Bradley.

Second Junior Team; Ryan Clarke, George Pier, Curtis Holt.

First Junior Girls Team (and second ladies overall); Alice Pier, Ellie Root, Briony Holt.

Our Three Seasons Challenge is nearing its climax; second to last race was the Astley IMG_20140702_190411Park trail race in Chorley. Ten ran on a warm Wednesday evening with great results. Tom Bradley narrowly missed out on a race win after a sprint finish (he’s learned not to let people sit just behind him in races!) and  Briony Holt took first girl. Well done to all and especially to one of our youngest runners Rachel Stevenson who had a great sprint finish. Last race in the series is this coming Wednesday 16th July at Widdop.

Cannonball Events is again running its Todmorden Park 5k races; a fast 5 lap route within the park. Thursday night was race 2 in the series and five juniors went over to compete. George Pier finished first u18, closely followed by Tom Bradley and Alex Townrow, all under 20 minutes. Alice Pier was first u18 girl in 21:03 and Dan Bradley finished in 24:41.


Lastly, Saturday 12th July saw the Orange Crew descend on Pendle Parkrun! We had 15 juniors turn up, most for their first attempt at this course. Despite a brief attempt to get himself lost, Jordan McDonald managed to stick to the plan and shadow the leading runner all the way round the course before winning the event in a parkrun personal best and new course record of 17:53. Ryan Clarke came in 6th in 20:44, followed by Jackson McKay in 7th on 20:50. Full results are on the website; some of you may have recorded new parkrun PBs but it won’t show if it’s your first attempt at this course.

Well done to Alice Pier for first lady overall and a special mention to Kaylon Cotterill who was not impressed with having to do two laps at Reservoir Bogs, It took all mum & dad’s persuasion to get him to come along to another race but he had an excellent run, hopefully he’s feeling more positive about it now!

Commiserations to two runners who had to abandon halfway round due to injury; it’s a very hard decision to make but it’s always the right one; running through an injury is a recipe for not running at all!


Well done to everyone, some superb personal and team performances!


ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors at Large; Friday 27th June

Firstly; apologies to Ellie Root for missing out her results at the Manchester Tri Club Junior Triathlon at Altrincham. She competed in the Tristar 3 category (300m swim/6km bike/2.4km run) and came 7th out of 13 girls, 13th/24 overall. She also recorded the fastest girls run.

Saturday 14th saw the Lancashire schools Track event over at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Three of our juniors took part; Alice Pier finished 3rd in the intermediate girls 1500m final, running in 5:25 (despite being moved up an age group by her school), Curtis Holt came 9th in his Junior Boys 800m heat with 2:22 and Tom Bradley came 15th in the Junior Boys 1500m final with 5:09.

Also over at Blackpool, on Sunday 15th June was the Blue Light 5 mile road race, organised by Wesham Road Runners. Jordan McDonald and Ryan Clarke made the trip over to Blackpool and finished 11th and 21st out of 95 runners. Well done to both of you!

On the same day, three juniors took part in the Burnley Race for Life at Towneley Park. They don’t produce official results for these events but Beth Quinn, and Heidi Kewin took part and the race was won outright by our very own Ella Dorrington. Well done Ella!

Briony Holt is continuing to make excellent progress in the BOFRA fell race series with another u14 win at Hawkswick on Sunday 15th. She’s now 7th in the championship but her three successive wins put her in a strong position to challenge for a win at the end of the year.

dan clougha pike 2014Briony also competed in the FRA championship event at Clougha Pike on Saturday 21st June and won the u12 event, she’s now 2nd in the championship, only one race left and the distinct possibility of a tie for first.

Also at Clougha Pike were Tom Bradley and Dan Bradley who finished 19th (u14) and 36 (u12) respectively. Well done lads.




Race 7 of our Three Seasons Challenge was the Reservoir Bogs fell race over at Chiserley, Hebden Bridge on Saturday 21st June.Charging down to the finish!

Eighteen juniors took part, great to see some new faces with Kaylon Cottterill and Kady Thompson taking part in their first race in a Clayton vest. A special mention has to go to our u10 runners; because of a course marking issue they had to do two laps but only found this out at the end of the first lap!

The Three Seasons Challenge results table is now up to date and there are some pictures from the day HERE


Lastly, we had some excellent results over in Blackburn yesterday, at the Witton Country Park Trail Relay. Send me any pictures that you have and I’ll do a full report on this event next week.

Pictures courtesy of Adrienne Olszewska and Woodentops.

ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors At Large; Sat 14th June

Our juniors have been busy over the last couple of weeks in a wide range of events.10371926_10152219032643997_7199205769572203690_n

Amelia and Lola Dugdale competed in the Bolton Tri Club Aquathlon, held at West Houghton on June 8th, coming 1st and 2nd place! Well done girls (Lola is only 6 by the way!)

Gracie Root competed in the Supersprint category at the Manchester Tri Club Junior Triathlon at Altrincham today, coming 1st girl and 2nd overall.

Curtis and Briony Holt have been busy in the FRA and BOFRA Championship events this year;

Curtis is 13th in the FRA championship with 2 races to go, after recent strong runs at West Nab & Duddon Valley.

Briony came 1st u12 girl at the FRA West Nab race on May 31st, following it with a 1st u14 girl at the BOFRA Coniston gullies event the following day!

…and if that weren’t enough…..

…she finished 2nd u12 girl at the FRA Turner uphill-only event in the Duddon valley on 7th June, again following it with another win at the BOFRA event in Kettlewell on 8th June!

Briony is now 2nd in the FRA championship (with 2 races left) and her two first place finishes have put her in 5th place in the BOFRA championship with 12 races left (best 8 results count).DSC_0487

Our latest Three Seasons Race was Burnley parkrun on Sat 7th June. Coinciding with the 100th event celebrations (hence all the fancy dress) we had 21 juniors running, several new PBs were recorded and everyone got very wet!
I’m sorry I haven’t the space to put all your names in this report but full results are HERE.

That’s it for this week; this is the first of a (approximately!) fortnightly round up of our junior races. More to come next time, including details of the Lancashire schools T&F event at Blackpool today.

Don’t forget to email me all your race results, apologies if you’ve emailed me already and I’ve not included it, just prod me again!

Photos courtesy of Tom Root & Woodentops

ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors@Hameldon 2014

Apologies if your picture isn’t here; it’s your fault for running too fast!

Lots more pictures from Woodentops

Results at the bottom (picture courtesy of Woodentops)




























Please tell us if you don’t want your child on this gallery and their picture will be removed promptly.

U8 Results

u10 Results

u16 Results

ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors at Rivington Pike

This report is brought to you by Briony Holt…….

We had a great turnout in the juniors races at Rivington Pike this Saturday. The sun was out but there were some harsh winds up at the top of the hill that the U14’s and U16’s had to brave! There were 15 junior runners taking part in the second race of the ‘English Fell Championships’ and there were some pleasing results!
In the under 8’s, Rachel Stevenson put in a very promising result to secure 11th girl.RiviPike2014_02
First Clayton runner home in the under 10’s was Jackson McKay coming 5th boy, followed by Keira Stevenson 21st girl and Amelia Dugdale 23rd girl.

Next it was the under 12’s with myself taking 2nd girl, Adam Stevenson 27th boy, Adam Quinn 29th boy, Millie Stubbs 16th girl and Daniel Bradley taking 40th boy .The under 14’s race finally came with them running the same route as the u16’s. Tom Bradley took 23rd boy taking first Clayton harrier home. Next up was Simon Wilshaw 36th boy, closely followed by Ryan Clarke 38th boy. RiviPike2014_07Alice Pier was first under 14 Clayton girl coming 30th girl overall.

The last race of Saturday was the under 16’s with two of our Clayton members racing in it. Curtis Holt was first Clayton member taking 24th boy and Beth Quinn was first Clayton girl taking 25th girl.
Well done to everyone who raced and thank you for all the parents who came and supported us!



Well done to all our runners and a big thank you to Briony for this report. We’d love for other juniors to write race reports as well; just tell Marion if you want to give it a go. All the other pictures are here.

ByAndy Armstrong

Juniors; Rivington Pike Fell Race

This is Race 4 in our Three Seasons Challenge and takes place on Saturday 19th April. Registration for the u8-u16 races is behind the school from 11 a.m and the races start from 1pm. All the info you need is on the Horwich Harriers website. I’d highly recommend printing off the entry form and filling it out in advance; it’s an English Junior Championship race and it’ll be busy. Under 18 race the senior course which has a different start location and time.
All races start on the track behind the school and follow the same out and back route towards the pike. Each age group is run separately and has a different turn around point which is well marked; see the maps on the link above.
Don’t forget to get registered in plenty of time, warm up properly and have something to eat and drink well before the race.