Monica Shone 1926 – 2017

Monica, age 91, died on 7th August from complications following a hip operation. She had been a member of Clayton since 1984, and in 2011 was awarded honorary membership of the Club in recognition of her considerable sporting achievements.

Born in Cardiff, South Wales, Monica qualified as a PE teacher and quickly showed her talent for sport, playing lacrosse for Wales, and captaining the Sussex ladies’ cricket team. Her love of the outdoors led her eventually to take up rock climbing, skiing, sea kayaking and mountaineering, becoming an instructor in both Scotland and Wales.

Coledale Horseshoe 1985

Coledale Horseshoe 1985

Monica took up running relatively late in life after operations on her toes, and despite having several marathons and road races under her belt, quickly discovered that fell running in her beloved outdoors was preferable to pounding tarmac. She competed at all distances on the fells including races such as Pendle, Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Fairfield, Langdale Horseshoe, Coledale  and many others. Monica was an enthusiastic club member and enjoyed being part of the Clayton ladies’ teams for the Coast to Coast and Ian Hodgson Relays.

Monic transferred her running talent to cross country and track, and was successful at short and middle distance races, gaining many wins and medals in her age group, breaking records in both Britain and Europe, and competing well into her late 70’s.

Wendy Dodds, Linda Lord and Monica Shone in 1992 on Seatallan, near completion of Monica's Joss Naylor Traverse.

Wendy Dodds, Linda Lord and Monica Shone in 1992 on Seatallan, near completion of Monica’s Joss Naylor Traverse.

Perhaps Monica’s most notable achievement, and the one for which she would wish to be remembered, was her successful crossing in 1992 of the newly devised Joss Naylor Lakeland traverse, 48 miles and 17,000’ of ascent, across the Lake District mountains in sub 24 hours.  She was the first woman to complete the Traverse, and at Joss’s suggestion subsequently took on the mantle of co-ordinator of the event for the next 20 years, a role which she carried out diligently and enthusiastically.  Such was her dedication to this task that Monica would drive from her home in Anglesey to the Lake district  and back again in a day to ‘meet and greet’ potential Joss Naylor contenders at road crossings to cheer them on their way.

Monica, a legend in her own lifetime, had many varied talents and was an inspiration to all those whom she met. She will be sadly missed by her many Clayton Harrier friends, her husband Colin and family.

A few of Monica’s many achievements include:
1st L60 London Marathon 1986, 4hrs 14m – record
1st L65 Snowdon Marathon  1991, 4h 51m
World Masters fell championship 2005 Silver Medal W75 (Monica was then 79 yrs old)
1st L60 Langdale Fell Race  4h 02m 1986
British vets XC – wins in her age group in 1981, 1985, 1987 & 1993.
World record on the track at Potsdam as W75 in 2002, 400ms, 88.17seconds.
First lady of the Joss Naylor Lakeland Traverse, 13th June 1992.

For FRA members there’s a fuller profile of Monica’s life and achievements in the next issue of the FRA magazine.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday 22nd August, 1:30 pm at Bangor Crematorium.

Linda Lord

Annual General Meeting – 25th September

Notice of Annual General Meeting
7pm Monday 25th September
The Woodman Inn
129 Todmorden Road

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is your opportunity to influence how your club is run as well as ask questions or raise concerns. AGM documents.

At the AGM the committee post holders for the coming year are appointed together with the posts of President, Ladies’ Captain and Men’s Captain.  Any member can stand for a post subject to them being proposed and seconded by another member at least 14 days before the meeting. If you are interested in standing for a post and would like more information about what’s involved, please contact me.

The AGM also allows members to put forward proposals for consideration and voting. Proposals for the AGM must be seconded by another member and submitted in writing to me at least 14 days before the meeting.

John Wilcock

Junior vest appeal raises £2000

Great idea, happy to help”

“I hope the recipient of the vest wears it with the same pride I have always done over the last 40 years”

“Why do good ideas always cost me money?”

“Hope this donation helps out to keep our younger members at the club”

“I think this is an excellent idea to encourage the younger members to enjoy sport in the same way that I always have”

Just some of the positive comments received following the recent appeal to our members aged over fifty to donate the £15 cost of a vest to our junior section, writes treasurer Peter Browning. What a fantastic response too, wildly exceeding my best expectations, with a wonderful total of £1652 being raised. Gift Aid will bring the total to over £2000.

This sum will ensure that all new junior members will receive a free brand new club vest when they join the club, or get a free club vest when they outgrow their original vest. The appeal is not closed and if anyone of any age wants to make a donation, they can still send a cheque payable to “Clayton-le-Moors Harriers” to my home address at 22 Fordside Avenue, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5TH.

Many, many thanks indeed for the wonderful generosity of everyone who donated, and who showed their faith in the future of our great club.

On behalf of all current and future junior Clayton members Briony Holt, who lives in Laneshawbridge and attends Colne Park High School, writes: I’d like to say a massive thank you on behalf of the Clayton juniors and myself for the monies donated by the vet 50’s.

Peter Browning, new member Harry Wharton age 9 from Worsthorne, and Briony Holt

Peter Browning, new member Harry Wharton age 10 from Worsthorne, and Briony Holt

We have benefited in the past from funding given by Clayton, such as being able to train at multiple places like St Peter’s Centre and Burnley Athletics Club, and also having our England Athletics registration paid for, as well as races. This has given the juniors an opportunity to vary their training which has led us into different aspects of running.

From a personal point, over the five years of being part of Clayton, I have taken a great interest in fell running which is something I hope to continue and progress into my senior years. The junior coaches have had a big influence on me in the way of advice given on races to suit my strengths and style, which is something I appreciate greatly. With the continued help of the coaches, I hope to make the Great Britain squad for fell running as a senior.

Just recently at the awards presentation, you may have witnessed the success of our junior team. This is down to the junior coaches and the continued support of the seniors.

Thank you again for the donations of over £1600; from all of the juniors at Clayton, we really appreciate it!

Junior Vest Appeal Donors
Don Barton Christine Egerton Alan & Carol Life
Richard Bellaries Mike Farnworth Pete & Linda Lord
Peter Billington Andy Firth Harry Manning
Steve Biscomb Steve Fish Dug McCallum
J Stan Bradshaw John Francis John McGonagle
Kath & Martin Brady Mick Frost Doug Munroe
Roger Brewster Kitty Garnett Dave Neild
Peter Browning Karin Goss Ted Orrell
Kieran Carr Geoff Gough Alastair Patten
Ron Chappell Mick & Jackie Green Jeff Pickup
Martin Clark Ian Hargreaves Keith Prosser
Susan Clark Paul Healey Andy Robinson
Alan Clarkson Paul Hesketh Frank Saddington
Simon Clarke Jim Hickie Tony & Donna Scott
Sarah Clarke Bob Hirst Don Talbot
Peter Costello Brian Horrocks Keith Thompson
Roger Dewhurst Dave Horrocks Harry Walker
Wendy Dodds Andrew Howarth Andrew Walmsley
Andy & Nic Dugdale Anita Jones Brian Wildman
Pete Dugdale Jim Kenyon Martin Ritson
Mike Eddleston Gerry King
Runners, marshals & officials of the 2016 Tour of Pendle  5 anonymous donors

Wanted – Race Organisers

The club wants to appoint Race Organisers for the Hameldon Hill Fell Race, the Towneley Park 10k Road Race, and the Greenway 5k Road Race. All these races are part of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series.

Each Race Organiser has overall responsibility for a race. This involves obtaining the necessary permissions before the race, and managing a team of helpers responsible on race day for route marking, registration, marshalling, timekeeping and results. Although each race already has an established team of helpers a key part of the Race Organiser’s role is recruiting more helpers. Assistance is available with the organisation of the separate Junior Races that are included with each of these races. Advice and support will also be available from the 2016 Race Organisers Paul Healey (Hameldon Hill) and John Roche (Towneley 10k and Greenway 5k).

Our race organisers usually find the role rewarding and so remain in post for many years. If you think that you could by become Race Organiser in 2017 for one of these three races please get in touch with any committee member.

Special General Meeting – 5th December

Notice of Special General Meeting
7 pm Monday 5th December 2016
The Woodman Inn
129 Todmorden Rd
Burnley BB11 3EX

Junior Subscriptions
At the November committee meeting the Treasurer recommended that the annual subscription for junior members be increased from £4 to £12. The committee supports this recommendation and is proposing that this is achieved by adopting the following change to our membership structure.

As the Under 23 subscription is currently £12 it is proposed to remove the Under 18 (Junior) membership class. Thus all Junior members will become Under 23 members with an annual subscription of £12.

If the proposal is approved for current Junior members the annual subscription due on 1st January 2017 will be £12.

In accordance with the club’s constitution a Special General Meeting (SGM) has been called to seek approval for this proposal from the membership. All members are entitled to attend the meeting and speak on the matter which will conclude with a vote. Only members aged 16 and over are eligible to vote on the proposal. Members who are eligible to vote but cannot attend the meeting may cast their vote via proxy by notifying me at least 72 hours before meeting. Full details of the rules around proxy voting are set out in clause 11(g) of the constitution.

I would also ask that if you are planning to attend the meeting that you let me know in advance so I can be sure there is enough room to accommodate everyone.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information around this proposal or the SGM. A statement from the Treasurer will be provided at the meeting, and is available on request beforehand.

John Wilcock

SGM Agenda
SGM Proxy form

Valerie Lawson 1942 – 2016

Devastated, shocked, disbelief, writes President David Scott. Words cannot adequately reveal my emotions when, on returning from holiday on Thursday, 22nd September, I had a phone call from Richard to say that Valerie had died at two minutes to three that afternoon.

It was so hard to believe, as Valerie had said to us just before Jill and I went away that we must come to lunch when we returned. Someone, who had been part of our lives for over 50 years and who had known our children since they were born, had died so suddenly and unexpectedly.

Capable, efficient, caring and a wonderful cook, as those know who have been lucky enough to go for a meal for four or a buffet for 30, are just some of the many words that could be used to describe Valerie.

Val Lawson at the Podium 5k on 10th September 2016. Photo David Belshaw

Val Lawson at the Podium 5k on 10th September 2016. Photo David Belshaw

On my 2nd Three Peaks, she had taken Jill into her care and round the various points as they supported Richard and myself. Many years later she started running, joined Clayton, trained harder and went on to race all over the country winning many prizes. When Jill retired she persuaded her to take up running, join the Wrinkly Group and then Clayton. I had never succeeded in doing any of those things.

I first went to Tuesday night training at their house in 1965 when Richard and I would run to meet John Calvert for what became an eyeballs out effort. Afterwards I would go back to their home for coffee and biscuits. Over the years numbers gradually increased until after buying more and more mugs, Valerie was catering for up to 20 runners crammed into every corner of the house, with seemingly effortless efficiency.

Most of you will have come across Valerie when buying Clayton clothing, the sale and organising of which she had conducted with her usual efficiency having been Marks & Spencer trained! Or perhaps when she was distributing numbers at Mid Lancs races and sorting out those who had lost or forgotten their own number.

We had several holidays together including the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh where we saw Ron Hill win the marathon. In recent years the four of us have had two railway holidays, travelling across the USA from coast to coast, and one through Scandinavia. On those trips, Valerie and I would often laugh to each other, that as Jill and Richard carried all the money and passports, should we have lost sight of them in the crowds, then Valerie and myself would not only have been stateless, but penniless as well.

So many memories over more that 50 years. Valerie was a wife, mother and grandma amongst many other roles and she will be sorely missed by many people. I know that her death will leave a huge hole in our family as well as her own. Our thoughts are with them now and over the coming weeks and months.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday 7th October at Burnley Crematorium.

Mick Raine 1944 – 2016

Mike passed away in the hospice on Friday 2nd September, aged 72 years, supported by his wife and son. The funeral will take place on Monday 12th September at 11.20 am at Burnley Crematorium.

Bob Mitchell, a good friend of Mike’s, writes: Mike joined the harriers in 1976……(just before I joined!)  He was very helpful indeed to me in my first couple of years with the harriers, guiding me around the training routes and taking me to lots of races as I didn’t own a car until I had been running for a couple of years. We travelled to races as far afield as the Edale Skyline in Derbyshire, the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, the Borrowdale and Langdale races in the Lake District and many more too.

He came to the harriers through his passion for the outdoors and his love of rock climbing. Mike has maintained life-long friendships with his climbing friends, a number of whom also joined the Harriers and they have all been members of a mountaineering club called the ‘NORI Club’…..The club name speaks for itself! (For those who not aware of the name – it is associated with the Accrington Nori Brickworks). They have continued to have weekend meets at various climbing huts in the Lake District.

Since joining the harriers in 1976 his preference of course was for fell running but he also ran in many road races and cross country events too. I can recall seeing him on TV crossing the line in the second, (I think it was), London Marathon to be run. Although Mike never attempted the Bob Graham Round he manfully set up fixed ropes on Broad Stand on the descent of Scafell Pike for my attempt and for several others in the 1980’s.

I think Mike’s best performance in a race was at the Three Peaks Race in the mid 1980’s where one year he ran a superb time of 3 hours 15 minutes, well in front of the rest of us!

Mike, his wife Susan, and myself organised the original Great Hameldon Hill Race in 1979 and for three more years to 1982 before we had to suspend the race due to the building of the Accrington Easterly By Pass which cut through the course. (Of course after the road was completed Paul Healey dutifully took over the organisation in 1986!)

As injuries and advancing years crept up Mike started watching Accrington Stanley in 1999 and had been a season ticket holder for many years since. He was well known on the Stanley Fans Web forum as an astute observer of all things Accrington Stanley. He used the web name ‘REDRAINE’.

Mike had battled bravely with serious illness for around the last nine years but always remained positive and bubbly. He did his best in his efforts to continue to live a busy life. Mike was much loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all those who were close to him.

Annual General Meeting – 15th September

Notice of Annual General Meeting
8pm Thursday 15th September
Nelson Cricket Club
Surrey Road

Agenda and supporting documents

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is your opportunity to influence how your club is run as well as ask questions or raise concerns.

At the AGM members vote for next year’s committee. Any member can stand for any position on the committee subject to them being proposed and seconded by another member at least 14 days before the meeting. If you are interested in standing for a committee post and would like more information about what’s involved, please contact me or any other committee member.

The AGM also allows members to put forward proposals for consideration and voting. Proposals for the AGM must be seconded by another member and submitted in writing to me at least 14 days before the meeting.

Please note, this year the 5000M track races that usually precede the AGM will not be taking place.

John Wilcock

Runners’ Core & Strength Class – starts tonight!

Commencing on Monday 5th September at 6 pm, the club will be holding a weekly Runners’ Core and Strength class at the Main Sports Hall, St Peter’s Leisure Centre, Burnley. This one hour class will be taken by Marion Wilkinson and consists of a series of circuits using free weights and body weight. The usual charge for the class will be £2 for club members and £5 for non-members, but all four classes in September will be free to club members. Minimum age 14 years. Participants should wear trainers and loose clothing.

Marion Wilkinson, our club’s Junior Organiser, has many years’ experience of taking fitness classes. Marion says ‘Runners of all ages and ability will benefit from this class which helps prevent injury by strengthening the body and developing core stability.’ So, come and join other club members at the class on Monday nights from September!

Marion Wilkinson at the Greenway 5k. Photo: David Bleshaw

Marion Wilkinson at the Greenway 5k. Photo: David Bleshaw