Stafford Harriers: the friendliest running club in the area!

Welcome to everyone - members and interested visitors alike !

If you want to learn some basic information about the Club and perhaps join us for a training run, click on the NEWCOMERS link in the sidebar to the left.

COMPLETE BEGINNERS TO RUNNING ARE CATERED FOR AND ENCOURAGED.

 

 See here for details

 

Our current complete beginners group started in September

The next one will start in April

 

If you are 8yrs to 16 yrs old, see the Our Young Athletes page.

 

 

 

WEEK AHEAD (20th Nov - 26th Nov)

Below are a list of official club runs.

 

Headphones are not allowed on any club runs.

 

Taking photos or videos requires the session leaders permission.

 

High Visibility tops compulsory on all adult night runs

 

 

Monday 20th Rowley Park 6:00pm

Juniors,  Improvers run , Progression Route Two: Sundown and  John Amery Drive 5.1 miles (8.86km)

Complete Beginners

 

Tuesday 21st Riverway 6:15pm

Speed Session @ Riverway

Alternative road run Route Thirteen: 7.5 Miles Radford Bank, Wildwood, Stockton Lane

 

 

Wednesday 22nd Rowley Park 6:00pm

Advanced Juniors, Improvers Speed, Improvers Road Run

Complete Beginners,  Fast Road Run (7.30 minute per mile or faster)

 

Thursday 23rd Riverway 6:15pm

Route Fourteen: 5.9 Miles Silkmore Lane, West Way, Newport Road

 

Friday 24th Riverway 6.00pm

Improvers Road Run

 

Saturday 25th

ParkRun 

 

Local / National Races

Chasewater Christmas Pudding run

Cheddleton 10k Christmas Pudding Race

 

Sunday 26th

 

Local / National Races

Suicide 6

 

Club Runs

 

9am

Burton Manor shops

Marquis Drive 

 

 

 

NSCCL Cross Country on Stafford Common

18th November

 

 

A big thank-you for every-one that turned out on Saturday. We had fantastic weather for both putting up and running.

 

 

NEW CLUB SECRETARY REQUIRED

 

Jane Bisiker will be stepping down as club secretary at the AGM in January so we are looking for any member that would be interested in joining the committee and taking up the club secretary role. Jane has done a tremendous job during her time in the role and we thank her for that service to the club & its members.

There is time if anyone is interested to speak to a committee member of Jane herself to find out what the role involves plus there will be ample time for a handover so no one will be thrown in the deep end.

Being part of the committee and club secretary is a great way to have a say and influence on the future direction of the club. Some of the things we are currently discussing is club kit and website designs.

Please get in touch if you are interested

 

 

Many thanks

Darren Mattocks

Chairman

 

 

INJURY PREVENTION WORKSHOP

28TH November 2017

8pm @ County Staffs Club, Eastgate Street, Stafford.

 

 

We are putting on an evening workshop to discuss advice on Injury Prevention (talk & discussion session with Q&A). Free & Open to all members only.

 

With guest speaker Personal Sports Coach Sarah Paskin, who works at The Pedal Station (Bicycle & Triathlon Centre) Near Lichfield

 

https://www.facebook.com/thePEDALstation/

 

With the wide range of events & distances being tackled by our members, it may well be a worthwhile evening to help & assit in looking after your body throughout the year!

 

This is a Tuesday evening straight after our session, approx. 8pm start (allowing enough time for showers!)

 

There will be some sandwiches & crisps provided, so please can you let me know if you’re interested so that I have some idea of numbers?

 

 

Ian Hodkinson

Club Coach

Stafford Harriers

(mobile: 07703 687906, email; hodkinsonig@btinternet.com)

 

 

Tickets are on sale now

 

Available from Ian or order from any coach / leader

 

Weeky Sunday Social Event

For a few weeks now there has been a small group of Harriers meeting on Sunday mornings 9.30am at Marquis Drive. They are then going for a walk across the beautiful Cannock Chase for about 75 to 90 minutes before meeting up with the Sunday Chase run group for a coffee, cake & catch up. This group is primarily aimed at those Harriers who are for whatever reason (injury etc) not currently running. It is an excellent way to not only get some exercise but also to keep in touch with other members until such time as you can resume normal training. Currently both Jane Bisiker and Brian Langston are regulars on the walks.

 

 

Club Kit

We are looking at early in the new year a new design of club vest/T-shirt being introduced. It will maintain the existing stripes but add a more modern look especially to the rear and hope you like the new design. All current design tops will still be able to be worn to races and training sessions, however we have a fairly large stock of tops left.

So in keeping with the upcoming 'Black Friday' theme from 24th November until stocks run out ALL sizes of Harriers club vests & T-shirts will be half price!!!

Please speak to Sarah Whyte & Chris Skellern or email info@staffordharriers.org

 

 

2018 Membership Fees

 

Last year the committee discussed and proposed an increase in member’s fees that were ultimately agreed and implemented for 2017.

However it appears that the increases have not gone far enough as once again we are faced with a year where the club financially is going to be at a deficit. Although we have a small amount of reserves this allows us to forward plan/purchase items and/or services during the year. Clearly those reserves have reduced over the last couple of years and if it wasn't for our very generous donors the situation would be even direr.

 

We have looked at other running clubs fees & structures to ensure we are offering a competitive deal to all and taking into account what the club provides thereby ensuring the club lives financially within its means and has a stable future.

 

Part of your membership fee goes to England Athletics which is £14 increasing again to £15 from 2018 for every affiliated member. We also have to pay for use of the Cricket Club, Rowley Park, kit storage, club affiliation fees to EA and North Staffs XC league. Added into this the subsidies on travel put on for certain trips/events/races it doesn't leave much.

 

As such the committee have discussed fees for 2018 and proposed a restructuring of fees. These will be subject to ratification at the AGM on 18th January 2018 which any member can attend.

Essentially there will be NO increase in the individual membership fees however the couple & family memberships will no longer be available from 2018, I apologise to those people affected as it will mean the overall amount you pay will increase and hope you continue being a part of Stafford Harriers.

 

This will leave the below membership structure:-

 

Membership Rate from 1 January 2018

 

Junior Membership (aged 16 & under) - £20 (Paypal £20.80)
Full Time Student Membership - £20 (Paypal £20.80)
Single Senior Membership - £40 (Paypal £41.60)
Associate Membership (Non-runners no EA fee) - £5 (Paypal £5.20)

 

Please if anyone has any queries get in touch. As said earlier these are proposed changes for the AGM in 2 months.

 

Thanks

Darren Mattocks

Chairman

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19 March 2018 - 10am

 

The 2018 Stafford Half Marathon will start in Stafford Street (town centre) at 10am. The route will head off from the town centre on traffic-controlled roads, incorporating two steady climbs before returning to the Market Square via Victoria Park.

 

Entry to the 2018 Stafford Half Marathon will open at 12 noon on Wednesday 1st November.

 

4,000 places are available and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. When the 4,000 places have sold out no further places will be released.

 

As expected 1500/4000 sold in the first 48 hours

6th November 2000/4000 have been taken.

 

 

You will need your EA URN (the number on the back of your membership card). If you don't have it then email info@staffordharriers.co.uk or membership@staffordharriers.co.uk

 

Club Events

 

For some of our members it is necessary to plan well in advance.

To this end the following dates have been confirmed:-

 

Xmas disco Friday 22 December @ Perkins Social club

AGM Thursday 18 January @ Riverway club

Awards night Friday 16th February @ Tillington Hall

 

Showground Relays Wednesday 13th June

Staffs Knot Wednesday 25th July

 

 

 



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