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.

Subscriptions & email addresses

Thank you to the many members who have paid their 2016 subscriptions. If you have yet to pay then your subscription is now overdue so please make payment without further delay.

The club has an email address for most members. These email addresses were used to send subscription reminders to members in November, and also to send a further reminder on 7th February to members whose subscriptions are overdue. If you have not received an email reminder then the club may not have a correct email address for you, so please contact Membership Secretary Adrienne Olszewska to confirm your current email address. Thank you.

Senior Club Competitions 2016

Now 2016 is here why not look at the Club Championships when planning your races? The first Club Road Championship race is the East Lancs Hospice 10k on Sunday 24th January, the first Club Trail Championship race is the Standish Hall 10k on Saturday 20th February, and the first Club Fell Championship race is Heptonstall (BL) on Sunday 20th March. These three club championships all follow a best four out of seven races format.

The Winter Warmer 10k on Sunday 7th February is the final race in the 2015 Club Road Championship to replace the cancelled Guys 10.

As well as our Club Championships we also have two more fell competitions – the Pendle Aggregate Trophy and the John North Trophy. Follow the link for a complete list of all our Senior Club Competitions and Awards.

I wish all members a happy and successful 2016!