Senior Training

As a club we remain committed to offering a variety of sessions for our members to access. HOWEVER – Clayton Harriers needs YOU to be able to do that. Should you have aspirations to lead group runs and/or coach please contact the club to discuss making that aspiration a reality.

All of these sessions are organised by members volunteering their time, skills and energy. In order to help the groups run smoothly a variety of social media platforms are used to post updates on that particular session. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are popular.

* Unless stated otherwise below, these sessions have no coaches or group leaders. However, all are welcome to attend and no runner is left to run alone.

New Runners

For beginners our club sessions may look daunting! In which case our friends at Burnley Leisure offer “Couch to 5K” programs throughout the year, for more details check the Burnley Leisure website or social media channels. The programme lasts 9 weeks. Currently they meet at:

Tuesday 6.30pm at Barden Athletics Track
Thursday 6.30pm Queens Park (meet at the Burnley Youth Theatre entrance)
Saturday 10am Townley Park (meet on Riverside Car Park outside the Rotunda Café)

Club Sessions


Novices and Improvers off road running – Barley Car Park 6.30pm. April to October. Around 60 minutes or 5-7km around the lower slopes and trails of Pendle. Summer time only.  ***THIS SESSION IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD – It may begin later in the season. Watch this space and Facebook.


Clayton Nomads – Mixed terrain, mostly trail running aiming for 5 to 8 miles in up to 90 minutes. From 6.30pm at a range of venues (all cask ale pubs) across the Harrier area.. This is a social run and speed is not required. Suitable kit for the weather and a head torch are required. For further details please contact Keith Prosser on 07549 639424.

Summer Fell Training – Be ready for 90 minutes+ off road running, expect to be up high on the fells and in open countryside/moorland. From 6.30pm at varying locations through the summer. If numbers permit there will be two groups to suit varying abilities: a faster group and a slower group. Please bring suitable kit for the prevailing conditions, a snack and drink may be useful too. For further details please contact Mark Nutter on 07899 995181.

April – Sabden car park opposite White Hart
May – Barley public car park
June – Worsthorne around the church
July – Worston, Calfs Head
August – Peel Park, Accrington
September – Higham, The Four Alls pub

Winter Fell Training – October to March. “The Barley Badgers”, from 6.30 pm at the Pendle Inn, Barley, BB12 9JX  Please bring head torch and suitable kit for the prevailing conditions – FRA Race kit recommended. Fell running experience essential as the weather and routes can be demanding. For further details please contact Mark Nutter on 07899 995181.


* Speed work – This 60 minute session is designed to focus on all things speed related. Expect a session to test and tax those of all abilities! From 6.30pm with Chris Holdsworth (EA qualified leader), based at Worsthorne Rec, nearest postcode BB10 3LY. Chris can be contacted at:


Ladies Group – All ladies welcome for 60 to 90 minutes of fell and trail running, moving to road and easier trails in the winter. From 6.30pm from a variety of venues around the Clayton Harrier area. A head torch and weather appropriate clothing is essential through the winter months. For further details please contact Linda Bostock (01282 816269) or Katy Thompson.

Mixed Terrain – A 60 to 90 minutes steady social run of both road and off road running. Meet at 6.30pm at the football changing rooms at Memorial Park, Church Lane, Great Harwood BB6 7PT. A head torch is essential along with weather appropriate clothing through the winter months. Post run refreshment at 1B Tap House Bar, Glebe Street, Great Harwood. For further details please contact Geoff Smith on 07789 357013.


Off Road Run – A social group run at a steady pace for up to two hours from a variety of venues across the wider Harriers area, meeting at 1pm. This is followed by refreshments at a local hostelry. As well as being open to runners this group also has walkers and cyclists who attend regularly. A weekly email gives the venue for that weeks meeting spot, for further details please contact Paul Healey on 01254 801074.

Pendle summit at dusk, October 2018

Pendle summit at dusk, October 2018