Don Talbot 1931 – 2017

Honorary member Donald Talbot died on Tuesday 21st November, aged 86. The funeral will take place on Thursday 30th November at 1 pm at Fullwood Methodist Church, Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8EA.

It it intended to publish an obituary, hopefully in January, recording some of Don’s many achievements.

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

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

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

Navigation Workshop 23rd July – update

Are you new to fell running and unsure how to use a map and compass?
Do you usually simply ‘follow the guy in front’ at a race, hoping he knows where he’s going?
Have you ever wondered where you are on the hill?
Do you fear the mist and wonder how to find your way?
Do you worry about getting lost on the hill?
Would you like to increase your confidence in navigating your way round a fell race?

If you can answer ‘YES’ to ANY of these questions then this workshop is for YOU!

The club is holding a Navigation Workshop to help you increase your confidence on the hill. You will learn how to read a map, use a compass and gain new navigational skills and strategies to give yourself the edge over your competitors.

Boulsworth Fell Race

Colin Woolford at the Boulsworth Bog Fell Race. Photo by the Woodentops

Clayton members Colin Woolford and Mark Nutter will be your tutors for the day. Between them they have over 40 years racing experience over the fells in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, competing in many ‘AL’ races, Mountain Marathons, Adventure Races and Orienteering events where navigational skills are essential. They will be sharing their knowledge with you, to give you the edge on your next race!

As part of the Workshop there will be a NAVIGATION THEMED RACE / EVENT using Sportident equipment to test your newly learnt skills!

The workshop is FREE and open to all members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers over the age of 18.  Places are limited to 20.


Workshop outline:

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Whitehough Outdoor Education Centre, Barley New Rd, Barley, Burnley BB12 9LF.

Arrival at 09.30, grab a coffee and meet your clubmates.

Classroom and outdoor workshop to understand the map and compass, including basic navigation strategies and route choice.

Lunch (We will provide bacon butties / flapjacks or similar). Tea / coffee / refreshments are included.

Navigation Event – The Race – putting your skills to the test using map, compass and Sportident electronic dibbers!

Review and close at 16.30.

Attendees will need to bring with them their own compass (as per FRA rules) and usual running gear including full ‘FRA kit’. Please be aware we will be outside for much of the day – but not necessarily running around, so an extra warmer layer may be beneficial.


The following members have confirmed their attendance: Carl Dale, Carl Helliwell, Sarah Helliwell, Vicky Heyes, Jean Knightly, Dave Moynihan, Orlaith O’Mahony, Chris Paul, Irene Roche, Angela Shian, and Richard Stevenson.

If you wish to join the workshop, please contact Colin Woolford.

Could you be the next Junior Coach?

12801573_1001589533250738_8129408106827825656_nClayton’s junior section has expanded rapidly over the last few years and we are now at the point where we really need to add to the coaching team. We’d like to recruit at least one, preferably two new volunteers to go through the coaching programme and to lead training groups on a regular basis. You’d be helping an experienced coach at first and we’d ultimately expect you to take sole responsibility in leading a group, with the help of our volunteer assistants.

Coaching juniors is very rewarding, it’s always great fun and the perfect antidote to a stressful days work. They’re always keen to run (sometimes too keen!) and they work hard when well motivated.

Please check out the FAQ below, if you’ve got any more queries then get in touch either via the junior email or here on Facebook.


  • What qualifications do I need to have?
    • Absolutely none! The club will pay for you to attain the Leader in Running Fitness course (a one day, non-exam course) and will arrange for First Aid certification if needed. Any further training needed will be provided by the existing coaching staff, ‘on the job’.
  • What kind of commitment do I need to give?
    • We have two training sessions; Thursday evenings in Burnley runs all year round and Tuesday evenings on the fell which runs April-September. Both sessions are usually suspended during the summer holidays. We’d like a prospective coach to able to cover at least one of these sessions on a weekly basis. We don’t expect you to be able to attend every single week (we all need our holidays) but having a regular, ongoing commitment is essential.
  • What’s involved, do we just go for a run, or is it more complicated than that?
    • It’s very variable, depending on the terrain, time of year, which races have been on or are coming up. Fell training is usually in the form of a continuous endurance run, within which there will looping back, route choices etc. Thursday training has continuous runs but we also do more structured interval sessions such as hill reps and speed work on the parks.
  • Seems like it might be fun but what if I get bored and want to stop doing it?
    • The training courses run infrequently so there’d be opportunity to come along and assist for a couple of months first to see if you really want to make the commitment. You’d be in a group with a qualified coach and you can have a go at organising bits of the session, to gain confidence.
  • Aren’t they really fast, what if I can’t keep up?
    • This is only an issue with the continuous runs and it’s all about how you manage the runners. We have several groups and abilities range from national age group champions to those just starting out. Making the faster athletes loop back is a key skill to develop, we don’t tolerate standing and waiting at the top of hills!
  • Aren’t they really slow, isn’t it a bit boring?
    • See above!





Summer Series

Tony AspinThe Coppice Trail race (6 miles / 1170′) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 5th April will be in memory of Tony Aspin who was a club member for over thirty years. There will also be a walk led by George McAvoy. From 8 pm there will be a complimentary Potato or Cheese & Onion Pie supper. All race entry fees will go to the East Lancashire Hospice.

The race starts from The Peel Park, Turkey Street, Accrington BB5 6EW. Entry fee £4. For members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers and Trawden AC only.

The Coppice Trail race is the first race in our Summer Series of five Tuesday evening races. The other races are the Worsthorne Trail on 14th June, the Uphill and Downhill races from Worston on 12th July, and the Tour of the Hameldons from Accrington on 16th August.