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  • Harriers looking to enlist more running recruits

    Henry James

    OFFICIALS of a local sporting group are seeking to recruit new members.

    Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers currently have around 60 to 70 registered members and hold a weekly social run every Thursday evening meeting at 6.45pm at the West Lancs College campus in the town.

    Runners are split into two groups, the Bandits and the Rebels.

    The Bandits’ run is usually between six and eight miles, while the Rebels’ course is between five and six miles at a slower, more casual pace

    Sessions last between 60 and 80 minutes and runners of all abilities are welcome.

    During sessions the groups also do a mixture of training styles including timed efforts and hill runs, as well as slower-paced runs with fewer rest stops in between.

    Training in the winter months tends to be focused on road running (high-vis vests and head torches needed), while spring and summer training often takes place on the trails and paths around Ashurst Beacon, Beacon Country Park and Dalton.

    Luke Willis from the Harriers said: “With many people starting their January fitness regimes this could be a good time to pull in new members from Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and surrounding areas.

    “We always ensure no-one is left behind and we pride ourselves as being a very friendly and supportive running club.”

    Two friends, Dave Goulding and Terry Jopson, who wanted to get fit and enjoyed running around Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, formed the original group, called Skelmersdale Striders and Jogging Club, in January 1983.

    Then members would run from Glenburn High School every Sunday at 2pm. At the time the club colours were white with a blue horizontal stripe.

    The club received permission from Skelmersdale District Council to use the ‘beacon over the valley’ image and a hardy group of 13 people turned up to the first meeting run in gale-force winds, hailstones and thunder!


    The Skelmersdale Striders and Joggers and Liverpool Boundary Harriers amalgamated in April, 1983 and the club was then called the Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers.

    New club colours were amber and black hoops on both sides and again used the ‘beacon above the valley’ logo.

    A spokesman for Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers commented: “Nowadays, Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers continues to grow and has many achievements under its belt.

    “The Parbold Hill Race continues to attract many runners from across the North West each year, while the Beacon Park Cross Country Race is proudly regarded as one of the hardest on the calendar.”

    The first two runs with the club are free and are regarded as ‘taster’ sessions for people interested in joining them.

    Anyone with any questions about the club is welcome to email jane.woodburn@icloud.com or join the Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/skemboundaryharriers.

    More information can also be found on the website: www.skelmersdaleboundaryharriers.com.

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