Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers was formed following the amalgamation of two running clubs: Skelmersdale Striders and Jogging Club and Liverpool Boundary Harriers.

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History: Skelmersdale Striders and Jogging Club (Est 1981)

Dave Goulding (founder member) recalls in 1981. The first London Marathon. The three day working week and the words ‘leisure time’ were introduced to the masses. Dave and his friend Terry had set about to become ‘fit’, running around Skelmersdale and Ormskirk.

On August 1981 they entered the Pony British Marathon. They completed the course in a respectable tine of 4hrs 38min 56sec (along with 9000 other runners). The seeds were sown.

Two-years later, with many runs between them, Dave and Terry decided to form a running club, ‘Skelmersdale Jogging Club’.

On January 1983, Dave Goulding and Terry Jopson held a meeting with: Brenda Milroy, Margaret Pryce, Kevin Jones, MB Jackson, Billy Fitzgerald, Flaw Jnr. Tony Mulchy, F Lacey, T Conway, B Sharples, T Jopson, CR Morris and M Degeir.

On January 14th, 1983, with slight name change ‘Skelmersdale Striders & Jogging Club’ was born. Along with a committee (Chairman M Jackson, Treasurer D Goulding and Committee Members: T Conway, F Lacey, B Fitzgerald and T Mulcany).

The group organised to meet and run from Glenburn High School every Sunday at 2pm. And meet over a pint in the Toby Inn or Knowl Brow (every 2nd Friday of the month).

Club colours:      White with blue horizontal stripe

Logo:                     ‘Beacon over the valley’ logo off-set. (Permission was granted by Skelmersdale District Council to use the logo).

Subs:                     25p Adults, 10p Children, 50p Families.

At the first club meeting, 13 people turned up to run in gale-force winds, hailstone and thunder.


Amalgamation: Skelmersdale Striders and Joggers and Liverpool Boundary Harriers

Within months of forming the club was approached by the last few members of Liverpool Boundary Harriers: Dereck Dalton and Dennis Adelsburg with a proposal to amalgamate both clubs.

Liverpool Boundary Harriers had lost many of members with the changes of the counties boundaries and people leaving Liverpool for neighbouring ‘New Town’s’. The clubs few remaining members had managed to keep their name by hosting the Parbold Hill Race (7-mile cross country).

Liverpool Boundary Harriers had no runners and had not been represented at organised races for a few years. The club had a wealth of experience behind them. They were members of the Amateur Athletic Association and had established running colours (amber with black hoops).

On the 11th April 1983, a meeting was held at the Toby Inn. At the meeting it was proposed that Skelmersdale Striders and Joggers and Liverpool Boundary Harriers amalgamate.

The new club would be known as Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers.

The new club colours would be amber and black hoops both sides, and use the ‘Beacon above the valley’ logo.

A new committee was formed: President Dennis Adelsburg, Chairman M Jackson, Treasurer D Goulding and Committee Members: D Dalton, T Conway, F Lacey, B Fitzgerald and T Mulcany).


Early Years

During the early years of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers runners recognised the challenge of completing a Marathon in under 3hrs.

In 1983, Ernie Pryce was only two minutes away from his and clubs dream completing the race in 3hrs 39sec at the Wolverhampton Marathon.

1985-86, two club runners broke the 3hr Marathon time. Lee Rowlands at Piccadilly (2hrs 54min) and Chris Lyons in North Wales (2hrs 57min). Dave Goulding only managing 3hrs 0mins.

In 1986, Dave Goulding was honoured with his part in relaying the Queens Message from Buckingham Palace, London to the opening of ceremony of the XIII Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh on 24th July 1986.


History: Liverpool Boundary Harriers (Est 1898)

Liverpool Boundary Harriers dates back to 1898.

1908- Black Vest with yellow six pointed start on back, two yellow, ringlets around neck and yellow letter ‘B’ on the front. Shorts black with yellow strip up the side.

1912, Liverpool City Harriers and Liverpool Boundary Harriers amalgamated. H Adelsburg their Captain.

1919, New club colours, Black vest, gold around neck, six star badge on back within LBH in six pointed star on front. Shorts white with black facing.

25th February, 1925. New club colours, white jersey with 6inch amber band with black bands either side.


Members of Liverpool Boundary Harriers


Future: Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers

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 northwest each year. The Beacon Park Cross Country Race is proudly regarded as one of the hardest races on the calendar.

With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Common Wealth Games in Edinburgh. ‘Parkrun’ has been developed and delivered across the country. People are again being inspired to take part in sport. Running has once again been revisited as the chosen sport for those wanting to improve their overall fitness and self-esteem.