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ByJason Pier

John Haworth

Sadly, John died on Friday morning, 12 April, aged 86.  He was an important member of the club,  ( see a recent article about him)  a Committee member and  Secretary for a number of years. I had known him since 1965 and run with him on some epic adventures; the Bob Graham Round, Lakes 3,000 footers,  Lakes County Tops and the Welsh 3,000 footers.  On the last one we left Burnley at 2.00am and returned at 2.00am the next day.  He was a leading organiser of the Clayton team that ran the first ever Pennine Way Relay.  He competed in all the running disciplines for many years and eventually bacame an Associate Member as he ran less and walked more, completeing the Scottish Munros twice.

David Scott.

ByJason Pier

John Haworth

By David Scott – Club President

 John Haworth.

A past prominent member, John is now in a care home in South Wales near where Pat’s family live, suffering from severe dementia.   He could sense this approaching which is why they moved from Hellifield. For those few members who knew John, and the many who never did, John is the main reason why Clayton-le-Moors Harriers still exists.

In the late 1960’s a ‘Special General Meeting’ was called because a significant group of some of our best runners wanted to join Blackburn Harriers and for the two clubs to be amalgamated, meaning the Clayton club name would be no more.  A lot of discussion, quite heated at times, took place and at one moment it looked as though the ‘breakaway group’ would win.  However, at that moment John stood up, removed a large piece of white paper from his jacket pocket and proceeded to list all the reasons why Clayton should still exist. This speech changed the balance of the meeting, and although when the votes were counted it was a close run thing, the ‘Remainers’ won the day, the ‘Breakaways’ lost.  They all soon resigned and joined Blackburn

ByJason Pier

Annual Club Award Winners 2023-24

The following members have won awards for their participation in the various club competitions in 2023-24.

Awards will be presented to you at the upcoming Social Evening on Friday 22nd March 2024 at The Inn on the Wharf.

The committee hopes you will be able to attend so we can all celebrate your achievements.

Please contact John Roche at if you are planning on attending.

Alison Dugdale, Vicky Heys, Lisa Ellis, Irene Roche, Helen Harrison, Christine Leathley, Karin Goss, Julia Rushton, Nicola Moynihan, Helana White, Kim Kennedy, Rachel Gilmore, Katy Thompson, Susan allen, Kathryn Miller, Nina Kewin, Michael Almond, Phillip Naylor, Adam Wale, Scott Cunliffe, David Scott, Jonny Hall, Martin Connolly, Chris Funnell, William Walker, Peter Mackrell, Richard Stevenson, David Motley, John Roche, Ben Nield, Ralph Baines, Andrew Webster, Mick Proctor, Dom Howell.

ByJason Pier

Annual Awards Nominations


It’s that time of year again when we ask you to nominate your fellow club members for the Annual Club Awards.

There are 6 trophies up for grabs:

* Outstanding ladies performance
* Outstanding men’s performance
* Outstanding ladies (over 50) performance
* Outstanding men’s (over 50) performance
* Most promising newcomer
* Most improved runner

Nominations must be for a single performance by a senior member (aged 18+, or 50+ in the case of the V50 awards) and must have achieved in 2023. In some cases age and/or ability can be taken into consideration.

Please read the criteria on the club website before making your nominations.

Senior Annual Awards – Clayton-le-Moors Harriers (

Nominations should be sent to me by email ( or by the contact page on the club website. Nominations must be sent by 28th February 2024

The winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation evening on Friday 22nd March 2024.

Looking forward to receiving your nominations.


ByJason Pier

Social Evening Incorporating Presentation of Awards

UPDATE !!!!!! 30/01/2024

Booking information.

Cost of ticket including food is £10 per person.

Food options:

a) Potato pie & peas

b) Cheese & Onion pie & peas

c) Gluten free (Ham/Chicken) salad.

How to book:

Select your choice of food and advise by either email

or messenger

(Please do not post on Facebook).

A reply to confirm will be sent stating method of payment.



Dear Members

Amongst the main things Covid inflicted on people, was the effect it had on Clayton Harriers. One of the saddest things was the cancellation of Presentation Evenings and social events. Numbers of runners/members in Fell, Road and Cross Country races were greatly reduced and from my point of view, I never saw some members for months. This year on Friday 22 March at the Inn on the Wharf we are hoping to bring together those members who no longer run (dare I say, old like me) with our new fast younger members. We envisage this as ‘Stars of the Past’ meeting ‘Stars of the Present (and future)’. I did start a list of names which grew rather long and then I worried that I might miss someone out!!!! So please try to attend if you can, even though you may not have won an award, so that we can return to the club spirit of yesteryear, pre-Covid.

Please could you let John Roche know if you are attending

Hope to see many of you there. Best wishes for an injury free year to everyone.

David Scott ‘El Presidente

ByJason Pier



The 2024 Club Presentation Evening will be held at the

Inn on the Wharf

Friday 22nd March 2024

Start Time 7.30pm

More details to follow

Thank you to John Roche for organising