David Scott – Honorary Member (& President!)

ED: We asked David to put some words together reflecting on his 63 years in the club. Here they are…

At the start of the Centenary Year, the committee have asked if I would accept Honorary Membership of the club, which I was delighted to accept, and as President write something about my many years in Clayton-le-Moors Harriers

I joined the club in 1959. I had run for Lancashire Schools and won various local Youth Club races in the Burnley area. Stan Bradshaw called and talked to my mother about me joining Clayton. Two weeks later he called again to talk to her and that evening she asked me why I had not joined. I said that I only had 5/- (25p) pocket money a week and couldn’t afford the bus fares. She said that she would pay them, so the next Saturday I caught the bus to Padiham, where I waited on the Town Hall steps to be picked up by Stan in his red Volvo to go to the Club Run. These were held from Working Mens Clubs in the local area, 3 of them in Clayton. Over the next months I would look across the room where we were changing to the Senior Men. 4 of whom were to become my idols – these were Stan Bradshaw, Alan Heaton, George Brass and Alistair Patten. Their running achievements were the stuff of legends, including the 3Peaks (more of that later). It would have been impossible to imagine that I would ever be President, as most 16-18 yr olds never think so far ahead and how life will turn out.

I have loved running since I was a small boy when I ran everywhere. I think that I started training for the Burnley Grammas School Sports Day aged 14. Even now I still enjoy training and racing. If it is a running day I go whatever the weather, although since retiring I might delay by an hour or two if it is supposed to stop raining! In 1985 along with Eric Birtwistle, we decided to see if we could run every day for a year. We did, and I continued for 5yrs 29 days until I badly twisted my ankle in the Stanbury Fell Race and it swelled to twice it’s size. For once I used my common sense and rested as far as running was concerned. As a member of the club, I enjoy the camaraderie and the banter, and even the ‘abuse’ from various friends. Only older members may remember my ‘black’ tracksuit, which after numerous washings over the years became a dark brown and was frequently mentioned in the monthly Clem News, which always caused a smile, Even my black shorts were criticised, especially by Jim Dawson, who used to write that they’d been made out of ‘blackout material’ left over from the war!!

The following are just some of the club and team achievements in which I’ve been involved. We were the first club to run a relay on The Pennine Way in 1970 and whenever I look at the photo of the 24 of us on the green at Kirk Yetholm it brings back many memories of that weekend. In the Calderdale Way Relay as O40 Vets. we were dominant for several years, winning 3 times consecutively in ’87 ’88 and ’89 for which I organised a special sweatshirt with the dates, to mark the achievement. In later years I’ve been a member of Clayton teams in the British Vets. Road and Cross Country Relays in which we’ve won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals with some super performances.

I ran my 1st Three Peaks in 1965 and then from 1967 I ran 49 consecutive races. My best time being 2hrs 59mins. One year we finished 3rd team – prize, a toast rack! Looking back to 1965 I doubt that I ever imagined the part the 3 peaks race would play in my life. Unbeknown to me, my daughter who lives in Denver organised a new ‘David Scott Trophy’ in the form of a glass decanter to be presented to the oldest finisher on the day, male or female. In 2015 I was very proud to be it’s first recipient and 4 years later was equally proud to present it to Wendy Dodds, as the oldest finisher that year.

From a personal point of view I set myself some targets when I reached 40. These included running from John o’ Groats to Lands End in 20 days – not consecutively I might add (ED: trail blazing an early virtual challenge?) and then the following year cycling back in 2 periods of 5 days; climbing all the Wainwright Peaks in the Lake District; and running the Pennine Way in 6 days. (ED: Dave went on to achieve all of these challenges).

Other earlier ‘one day’ adventures included running the Welsh 3000 footers with Alan Heaton, leaving Burnley at 2a.m. and returning after an epic day 24 hours later; the Lake District 4 times 3000 ft peaks race with John Haworth; soon after doing the County Tops and I remember climbing up Scafell Pike behind some hikers and laughingly I asked them if this was ‘the way to Hellvelyn as that was our next summit?’ A big 2 day epic was running across the Grand Canyon from S to N and running back the next day. That night Jill and I slept in separate beds in separate cabins separated by the Grand Canyon! And as my daughter lives in Colorado, I’ve climbed 30 of the 54 14,000 footers, but alas, age has caught up with me!

So many memories, mentioned above, came about by being a member of a club and the extra dimension it brings after completing any event, whether you’ve been successful or not, that there is always someone to share the highs and lows.

Clayton-le-Moors is a special club of which I have always been proud to be a member. Here’s to the next 100 years!!

David pushing hard – Parkrun New Years Day 2022

Picture by David Belshaw.

Christmas Eve Pendle Run

Friday 24th December 11:00 – 12:00
Meet at Barley Car Park

A steady social run for all members, including a separate junior group. All abilities welcome.
Post run refreshments in the Pendle Inn.

Contact Mark Nutter for any more details

Alistair Patten

By David Scott

When I joined Clayton in 1959 as a 16 year old boy I looked up to the Senior men, 4 of whom became my heroes. They were legends with unbelievable performances to their names. These men were Stan Bradshaw, George Brass, Alan Heaton and Alistair Patten. Sadly last Sunday, 21st November, Alistair died, the last of my heroes to leave us.

Alistair was the first British counter in the World Orienteering Championship in 1966. In 1968, along with 2 others, he planned and organised the first Two Day Two Man Mt. Marathon. Over the years I have run with him on many occasions in Club Runs and Cross Country races. In the 3 Peaks, along with Stan, George, Alan and myself he was one of the first people to receive the special award for having completed 21 races. In 1974, he and I together with John Haworth completed the Bob Graham Round and became Nos. 20, 21 and 22 in the BG Club.

A Clayton stalwart, a special man!

Colin Shone

Sad news that Colin Shone, associate Clem member since 1994 has died at the age of 89. Although Colin was not an active member he was a keen supporter of the club, acting as a race marshal many times, and supporting his wife Monica who ran for Clayton on the fells from 1986 until her death in 2017

Remembering Ron

Saturday 25 September would have been Ron Hill’s 83rd birthday. On that day, Clayton is having a social club run starting at 3.00pm from Park View WMC in Clayton, (off Sparth Road near Woodlands traffic lights) from where Ron would have run in the 50’s when he was first a Clayton member The emphasis then, of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, was on club runs from WMC’s and Cross Country.

This will be a steady run for everyone as in the ‘olden days’, of 4.2 miles on trails and fields, devised by Peter Browning.

Come and join us and remember one of our most famous members. Please wear your club vest. There may be photographs, possibly press.

The 2021 Club Road Championship consists of four races, with a member’s best three races counting. The races are:

Hendon Brook HM 4th July

** Towneley 10k 11th July

** Barrowford 5k 4th August

** Burnley Lions 10k 13th August

All races are online entry at Running Events | Race Entry Service | Online | Running a Running Event (bookitzone.com)

Details for each race can be found here Entry & Details – Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix (pendleandburnleygrandprix.co.uk)

Gareth Berry at the 2019 Ribble Valley 10k. Photo David Belshaw
Gareth Berry at the 2018 Ribble Valley 10k. Photo David Belshaw

There are separate competitions for Ladies and Men. Points are awarded in each race as follows:

1st Clayton Lady 50 points; 2nd Clayton Lady 49 points; etc
1st Clayton Man 50 points; 2nd Clayton Man 49 points; etc

The points from a member’s best three races are added together to determine the final rankings for Ladies and Men. To be given a final ranking it is necessary to have completed at least three races. The Ladies’ Champion holds the Lady Road Champion Cup, and the Men’s Champion holds the Men’s Road Champion Cup. Awards for 2nd and 3rd positions are also made to Ladies and Men.

Veteran (10 year categories commencing at age 35 for ladies and at age 40 for men), U20 and U23 awards are also available; the number of awards made depends on the number of members completing the competition in each age category. For the LV65, MV70 and older categories awards are based on the best two out of the three races indicated by ** above. Age category is determined by age as at the date of the first race. Awards in a particular age category are only made to members in that age category; members in other age categories are not eligible.

Here are the details of the Club Road Championships in 2019201820172016 and 2015. Congratulations to 2018 Ladies’ Champion Rhiannon Wickham and 2018 Men’s Champion Luke Turner.

Ron Hill 1938 – 2021

Written by Dave Scott

Many of you will know the sad news that Ron Hill has died, aged 82, a legend in running circles and our club. Ron was born in Accrington in 1938 and joined Clayton when a pupil at Accrington Grammar School in 1953. Then, Clayton was mainly a Fell and Cross Country club and after a few years, in 1960 he joined Bolton Harriers where the standard of Road running was much higher. His achievements and records are so many to list, but include World Records at 10 miles, 15 miles and 25km, Marathon wins at European Games, Boston and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1972. On that day Jill and I were in the stands with Richard and Valerie Lawson cheering him into the stadium in first place wearing his string vest. He also won many road, track and cross country races at local and national level.

His famous ‘streak’ lasted from 1964 to 2017, when he ran every day for 19,032 days or 52 years 39 days before heart problems along with Lancashire common sense caused him to stop.

He re-joined Clayton in 1976 as 2nd claim and the club made him an Honorary member in 2003.

Just a few memories of my own. I first came across Ron in the early 1960’s in the last 200 yards of a S.E.L.C.C. League race in Bury. I was trying hard, with no-one in front when I heard footsteps rapidly catching me up . Next moment a voice said ‘I bet I frightened you then!’ I looked and there was Ron, laughing, having seen my Clayton vest in front. He was running as a guest and had not been allowed to start with us until 10 minutes later.

I have run with him in the De Vere Relays in Blackpool where we won the Vets. race. The photo is pinned up on my cork board! – also in the National Vets Relays in Birmingham. Another photo I have is to celebrate his having run 200,000 kilometres. We are standing on top of the Weets in a gale holding a banner saying ‘200,000K’ having run up as group from Rolls Royce. In December 2007 he celebrated his 150,000th mile by finishing in the centre circle in Accrington Stanley’s football stadium accompanied by a group of us. Wonderful memories, along with many other races where we bumped into each other. My son, a very occasional runner, remembers being chuffed to meet, and run in the same race as the legend when we parked next to him at Ilkley Trail Race.

His love of racing was such, that whilst many top class runners give up racing when they are no longer competitive, Ron continued running in races although much further down the field. I like to believe that not only I, but many other runners, appreciated his presence. His stated wish was that he would wear his Clayton vest in his coffin.

Ron,
Running will be so much easier now that you are breathing the same air as angels.

Ron Hill in clayton vest
Ron Hill 1938 – 2021

Ron Hill’s Funeral

The Funeral of Dr Ron Hill, MBE will be taking place on Friday 11th June.

The Cortege is to leave the family home at Gee Cross, Hyde at 3pm. Mourners are requested to remain on Main Road & Street. The Cortege will then travel past Hyde Town Hall and on to Dukinfield Town Hall for Tributes by Dignitaries. Then to Dukinfield Crematorium for the service at 4pm.

Only 20 People at the Service. Mourners again are requested to stay on Main Road.

Ron will wear a Clayton vest in his coffin – his wish.

A JustGiving page has been set up in Ron’s memory for anyone who would like to contribute – donations will go towards Dementia UK

Albert Walker

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Albert Walker, a long time member of the club.

Albert died on 19th May aged 91, one of our early members. Stan Bradshaw encouraged Albert to join the club and he won the first Pendle Fell Race from Roughlee. 

His son Steve remembers being taken to many cross country events and fell races at weekends. Albert won many medals and trophies during his love of running. 

Albert will be missed and our thoughts go out to his friends and family

Club Training Update

Update 25/03/2021

In line with the latest guidelines published by EA, outlining that organised outdoor athletics and running can resume in a Covid-secure manner from the 29th March, Summer training will be back underway over the next few weeks!

The new training schedule will be kept up to date on the training page, so see there for details!

Update 28/02/2021

The newest guildlines have been published by EA, outlining that organised outdoor athletics and running can resume in a covid-secure manner from the 29th March. This is great news and we can’t wait to get training back underway!

We’re currently in the process of confirming what training will be offered from this date, so stay tuned for an update.

More info can be found here

Updated 30/11/2020

England Athletics have release new training guidance that will apply from Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

That means that we can get back to putting on some of the sessions we started up before the second lockdown! We’re still finalising the sessions that are going to be coming back and getting all the details together. Once we know, the training page will be updated. We’ll hopefully have all that info soon, but until then, the training organisers should be contacted to confirm attendance and location.

Happy running!