Shugborough Relays and Staffs Knot

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Shugborough Relays                                                                  Staffs Knot




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.



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The next complete beginners group will start in September 2016

See you then


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


WEEK AHEAD (23rd - 29th May)

Below are a list of offical club runs.


Headphones are not allowed on any club runs.



Monday 23rd Rowley Park


6pm Juniors, Improvers and  Progression Group Route 4


6.15pm Begenniers Group


Tuesday 24th Riverway 6.15pm


Club Run Route Fourteen (Blackheath Lane/Beaconside/Stone Road)


Speed/Endurance Session Rowley Park


Wednesday 25th Rowley Park




Craig's Improvers Speed Session, Improvers Group & Juniors. 




Complete Beginners


Thursday 26th 6.15pm


Club Run German Cemetery

Alternative Club Run Route Fifteen (Coppenhall/Rickerscote)



Friday 27th  6pm


Stafford Castle Car Park



Sunday 29th


No Local Runs.


Club Runs 9am


Marquis Drive

Burton Manor Shops




British Athletics Championships

Alexander Stadium



Some Stafford Harriers have booked tickets to watch the British Championships at Alexander Stadium on Saturday 25th June. They have booked them for the Knowle Stand Block 2. If there are enough Harriers with tickets for the day then they are looking at getting a coach to travel down there. If you are interested then get in touch with Lindsey Foster or Ian Hodkinson.


This was a very popular day out last year.



Shugborough Relays

Wednesday 15th June



The Shugborough Relays will soon be with us and we are starting to look at teams to enter as Stafford Harrier teams. If you want to be considered for a team then let Eddie Smith know. There will be a list at the club on training evenings and you can send an email via the website that will be forwarded to him. 

If there are four of you who want to enter together as a team, then again let him know, with the team name and team captains name.


Once we have teams then a Shugborugh Relays Teams page will be opened so that you know what team you are in.



Also we do need helps on the day with course construction and marashalling. Mark Bentley has a list at the club for helpers to put their names on. You can also again contact us through the website and we will forward your names to him.

Remember with it being a 2 mile run you can run and help out as well.


Harriers Kit


We have had a message from Heather saying


We now have a full complement of kit in stock -
Gents Short Sleeve T-shirts - Sm to XXL - £13.00
Gents Vests - Sm to XXL - £12.50
Ladies Short Sleeve T-shirts - Sizes 8 to 18 - £13.00
Ladies Vest - Sizes 8 to 18 - £12.50
Zipped Hoodies - Sizes XS to XL - £16.00
Junior Hoodes - Sizes 7-8, 9-11, 12-13 - £12.00
Cheques payable to Stafford Harriers. 
Please use the kit link on the website to order click here or contact Heather directly.

Important news about Road Races 2016


The Harriers has operated a non head phone policy on our sessions for a number of years. It looks like this is now going to be the normal for races as well.



Wearing of head phones in road races


From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition:-

"The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.

This restriction does not apply to races held on dual carriageways provided that there are clear, structured separations between the separate carriageways. Competition Providers of races held entirely on roads closed to traffic may apply this condition where appropriate to local circumstances."

Race Directors may apply the condition to any race where they consider the wearing of headphones to be a hazard - including, for example, where runners must be able to hear marshals' instructions or on a lap course, and UKA will support the race director where that local condition is applied.

Enforcement of this rule is a matter for the race director and referee and disqualification of runners who choose to ignore it is an option.

Race Directors should state at the point of entry and in all pre-race publicity whether or not headphones are banned because failure to do so could result in many runners appearing on the day expecting to run with them.

The rule book is available for reference at or to buy from Harry Hitchcock Ltd, Lyon House, 16 Lyon Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 3PU; 01932 225591


Staffs Ironman 70.3 - Stafford Harriers

12th June 2016


We need your help

Those of you that participated or even watched the Ironman last year will know what a fantastic event it was.
As a club we have been asked to help with the run section of the Ironman which takes place mainly in the grounds of the Shugborough Estate. We have been asked to run a feed station and staff nearby marshal points.


As such I am looking for at least 40 volunteers to help with this great event but the more we have will mean we can switch round regularly.

It will be great opportunity to showcase what being a Harrier and the Harrier spirit is all about. Not to mention we have several of our own Harriers competing in the event.

We can create our very own ‘Stafford Harrier Zone’ which is in the area (For those that know it) of where the Shugborough relays used to start. Hopefully have something similar to what we had at Thunder Run.

We can set up our base around the feed station and organise music/drums/cheerleaders whatever we want to make it memorable for the athletes. So if anyone has any ideas let’s hear them please.
It will be an all day event although exact timings are not yet known of when we would need to be in position.

If you are free on 12th June and would like to help please either email or let one of the committee know as I am keeping a list. Please state what you are available eg. Morning/afternoon/all day etc so I can formulate a plan.
More info will follow as it comes in.


Darren Mattocks





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