Harriers and Athletic Club
Founded 1967. 2007
sees Rossendale Harriers and Athletic Club celebrating
its 40th birthday.Through those years lots of
people have come and gone and made their individual
mark on the club in one way or another.
Prior to 1967 there was no formal Athletic Club
in Rossendale although there were individuals
competing in running events and several fell races
had been organised locally including the Tor Mile
which has a long history.
The club was formed in response to Rossendale
Borough Council building the running track and
pavilion at Marl Pits.
The formation of the club was largely down to
the work of 2 men, Walter Whittaker chairman of
the then Rawtenstall Sports Council and Eddie
Roberts a teacher at a local school.
Harriers and A.C.
are based at Marl Pits Sports Centre which is
situated on Newchurch Road in Rawtenstall (signposted
from the town centre) We train twice a week from
Marl Pits from 6.45 pm-7.00pm start year round.
Training is usually on the local hills or on the
road or track during the Summer months or on the
roads or track during the Winter. Our youngest
members do indoor training/conditioning during
the colder Winter period.
Training is usually done in groups depending on
ability or application and we
cater for everyone age 8 and above and all abilities.
For first time runners or people wanting to get
themselves fit or fitter we have our Monday
night "First Steps to Fitness"
at the same time and venue.
Training is done under the guidance of qualified
UKA coaches all of who are CRB (Criminal Records
For further guidance on
training/coaching look on the Training page on
Many of our members have years of experience in
all of the different disciplines within athletics
and we are able to offer useful help and advice
whether it be on Fell Running, Mountain Marathons,navigation,
road racing and marathons or track racing.
organise several Fell races details of which can
be found elsewhere on this site.
As well as training outside
we also have our own weight room/gym which is
well equipped and available to club members to
use 7 days a week.
The club is run by volunteers who give up their
time to ensure smooth running of our activities
and the committee is elected/re elected on an
annual basis.All club members are welcome to attend
our monthly committee meetings.
of the original Harriers at Paul Sandersons 60th
Left - right. Steve Bateson,
Eric Richardson, Ian Partington and club Chairman
Some of the revelers at our 40th birthday
open day September 07