Membership fees

Despite the name, the club participates in all disciplines of running, fell, cross country and road and welcomes applications from runners of all abilities to join us. If you are not sure if the club is for you, why not come to one of our training sessions or one of our regular pub runs. You will be under no obligation to join, but you will get a feel for the club and a better idea if the club is for you. You can merely turn up to a training session unannounced, but it would be better if you contacted our club secretary first (details on the contacts page) and let him know that you will be coming and he will make sure that whoever is leading the group will look out for you. If you are an absolute beginner to running, you too are most welcome to join us in one of our sessions, but please contact our secretary first and he will make sure that you will have a programme with which you are comfortable. Membership fees for the club are as follows:
  • Seniors
  • For members over the age of 18
  • £10/year
  • For runners of all abilities over the age of 18
  • For runners participating in all disciplines of running, fell, cross country and road running
  • Regular training and coaching sessions provided
  • Apply
  • Juniors
  • For members under the age of 18
  • FREE
  • For runners of all abilities under the age of 18.
  • Regular (weekly) training sessions led by experienced runners/coaches
  • Advice about how to train properly so juniors can develop as athletes
  • Apply
  • Non-runners
  • For non-running members
  • £5/year
  • For supporters of the club and club members
  • Support the club and all the senior and junior runners
  • Apply
Race Reports Archive
An archive of all the race reports

Montane Spine Flare Race - 23/24 June 2018

Imagine training for and running in a marathon.  Quite an achievement and great respect to everyone who has done it.  But imagine running in four back to back marathons without a break.  Then imagine a few of the well know fell races, such as Withens, the Lothersdale Fell Race or Pen Y Ghent.   Then imagine adding in a few more hills that are part of the Pennine Way between Derbyshire and Hardraw and mix them all up and you have the challenge which John Boothman took on this weekend.  One hundred and four miles of serious fell running with no sleep and just stops for sustenance. 

John not only completed this, but he came second in the race.  The winner, Michael Harrison,  put in a tremendous performance.  In the early stages, he looked as thought he might have gone off too fast, such was his lead, but he managed to keep up that blistering pace to the end.  Behind him, by the time they reached the Cowling / Lothersdale area, John Boothman and Matthew Wilkinson were having a fair old tussle and it was nip and tuck between them both.  But John had great determination and he pushed on relentlessly, so by the time they reached the summit of Pinhaw, there was a full nine minutes separating them.

Both ran on through the night up to Malham and then across Fountains Fell towards Pen y Ghent.  After over twelve hours of running John made the ascent up the end of Pen Y Ghent as Matthew seemed to fall even further behind.  From then on John seemed to dig deep and push on relentlessly until he reached the summit of Ten End from where he could see the town of Hawes and the finish just beyond at Hardraw.  At that point, only a disaster, like crocking an ankle separated John from what felt like a famous victory, even though it was second place.  Luckily, he descended at a fair pace, but managed to keep on his feet to go through the centre of Hawes and jog alongside the river  up to the finish.

That was over thirty hours on his feet, apart from meal breaks and it says a lot about John's strong mental character, in addition to his incredible physical fitness.  The times for the first three were:

1 Michael Harrison 27:45:02
2 John Boothman 30:33:34
3 Matthew Wilkinson 32:24:29


About us

The main aims of the club are to increase the participation of running in Barnoldswick and to keep organised running as accessible as possible.