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.



 See here for details


The next group will start in March 2015.



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

 WEEK AHEAD (24th-30th Nov) 


Below are a list of offical club runs. 


Monday 24th


6.00pm Juniors and Improvers groups at Rowley Park. 

6.05pm New Complete Beginners at Rowley Park. 


Tuesday 25th


6.15pm Club Run Route Fifteen (Common Road/Beaconside)

Speed/Endurance session Technology Park


Wednesday 26th


6pm Juniors and Craig's session Rowley Park

6.15pm Complete Beginners at Rowley Park. 


Thursday 27th


6.15pm Club Run Route Sixteen (Eccelshall Road/ Crab Lane)


Friday 28th 6pm


Improvers Group at the Cricket Club


Saturday 29th


Local Race Chedleton 10K


Sunday 30th


Local Races.

Suicide Six (Harriers Challenge Race) RACE FULL.

Penkridge Santa Dash.


Club Runs.


Castlefields 9am

Due to the popularity of Suicide Six there won't be any leaders for the run from Marquis Drive. If you are regular please check with others and see if you intend to have a independant run on the chase.  





Please note for all Winter club road runs everyone MUST have high Viz tops.




Suicide Six


Chris Skellern has a place up for grabs for the Suicide Six on Sunday. Anyone interested then get in touch. First come First served.


Esther Batho - Harriers for Headway


As you are all probably aware by now, our dear friend and fellow Harrier, Esther Batho is currently undergoing intense rehabilitation following a recent, major operation to try and remove a brain tumor.

Esther who is an inspiration to us all is overcoming each and every challenge faced with grit and determination and is showing us every day how strong in body and mind she really is.


Following a recent visit to see Esther at The Haywood’s she asked myself, Shelley Burns, Anne Coghlan, Lindsey Foster and Rachel Davis if we could raise some money for the charity that have provided help and support to both her and Steve over the last few months: HEADWAY NORTH STAFFS. 


With a request like that, how could we refuse, and hence HARRIERS FOR HEADWAY has been born. Our pledge to Esther is to raise as much money as we can for this great charity that is getting our friend and yours, back on her feet and in to her running trainers once again. From little acorns grow big trees and so our aim and vision is to make 2015 Esther’s charity year.


We appreciate that money is tight and that “sponsored runs” can be tedious and lets face it we are Harriers and running is what we do!……So over the next 12 months we will be organising and facilitating a number of fund raising events from football matches to fashion shows to name but a few, with all funds raised going to HEADWAY. The aim is to be able to present Esther and Steve with the final amount raised at the annual Harriers Christmas party 2015.


At this stage we would gratefully ask that you keep an eye out for the upcoming events and get involved!!!!! They will amount to lots of fun times ahead but all will be revealed in due course……


In view of our ongoing plans if anyone wants to do any one off events for HEADWAY, or have any idea's, please can they contact either myself or one of the other Headway committee members (as mentioned above) in order that all funds raised can be added to the HEADWAY account.


All HEADWAY charity events will be advertised on the front page of the website and have a link to the charity page.

Shelly Burns



An update on the trip below. George Singh has secured a hotel on the Isle of Man for the weekend. It is the only one available. The cost of the trip will be in the region of £300 pp on a half board basis travel from Stafford by coach and includes Ferry Crossings. This price is based on 30 persons going so we need to know who is really interested.

Kate's Race




There has been a lot of interest shown by Harriers to attend this race on the Isle of Man next October. We are at the moment costing the various ways of getting a large group across there. Looking at flights, ferries and hotels. (9th until 12th)


I have been in touch with Sean about the race and the number of runners allocated to the race. He says that numbers will not be a problem and that any Harrier that wants to run will be able to. He is hoping to arrange extra trams to get folks down off the mountain after the race. He will forward the entry form when it is completed.


In order to judge how many folks are likely to go on this trip we could do with knowing if you are interested. We are not asking for you to commit at the moment but we would like to know numbers fully interested. Not just those running but those going to support as well.


There will be a sheet down at the club or contact me (Pete Burns), Graham Williams or us through the club website.


We must point out that this race is the same weekend as the Aviemore Half Marathon.

Here is a description of the race


'In memory of Kate Burge; athlete, comic, poet....vibrant, fun, unique. Start with a hand in the sea, finish on the highest point on the Isle of Man. Why? - because it's a journey and it's hard!
Toilets at start. No dogs. Trams may be available for return to Laxey, but participants should be prepared to run 8km back to Laxey or organize their own transport from the Bungalow.'

For those of you with an OS map of the Isle of Man here is the route.


Kate Burge Sea to Summit Fell Race Route


START               SC439 834 Laxey Promenade
Check Point 1    SC436 879 Summit Slieau Lhean
Check Point 2    SC414 883 Gully below Clagh Ouyr, where footpath crosses
Check Point 3    SC414 889 Summit of Clagh Ouyr
Road Crossing    SC405 885 Black Hut
FINISH               SC397 880 Summit of Snaefell


Trip down memory lane


Our web site design is 4 years. Pete Burns and myself (Colin Mitchell) took over when  Peter Sarson went to New Zealand. One of his last jobs was to help set up the new host and design.


To celebrate our 4th Anniversary I have found a back up of our old web site.


Please press the button for a time warp to November 2010


Stafford Half Entries 


Sunday 22 March 2015 - 10am



Run Britain - Online Entry

Enter online via Run Britain


Entries by telephone or in person

At Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s Box Office
Address: Eastgate Street, Stafford
Telephone: 01785 619080

Opening hours: 9.30am – 5pm Monday –Saturday, closed Christmas Day and New Years Day


We have been encountering problems again this year with Stafford Harriers being unable to enter due to their England Athletics URN number not being recognised. If you have any problems please contact us asap so we can try to sort it out. 


Penkridge Santa dash


Anyone interested in a short Santa Dash check out the PDF below.

Penkridge Santa Dash
Adobe Acrobat document [4.3 MB]


Harriers Christmas Party



This years Christmas Party will be held on Friday 19th December at the Stafford Rangers Social Club. Craig Baxter has the tickets now so contact him asap to avoid disappointment.



First Aid Awareness Workshop



A first Aid course has been arranged for Stafford Harriers in the New Year. The initial idea of the course was to get all coaches in the club to get a first aid qualification. This has now been extended to all members of the Harriers. 

So if you would like to attend the First Aid Course please get in touch.


Date Wednesday 14th January 2015.

Time 7pm - 9pm

Venue Stafford Borough Council Offices



Either contact Chris Skellern at the club, or at Rowley Park on a Monday evening, or contact us through the website.


Aviemore 2015



“The details are now available for the Aviemore Half Marathon and 10K event next October 9th – 12th.  Early applications are welcome and once 30 deposits have been received the tour is guaranteed to run.  More than that and we hope we can add a  ‘Billy Bonus’!”


Aviemore Flyer 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [531.7 KB]




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