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

 

The next complete beginners group will start in April

 

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

 

 

 

WEEK AHEAD (15th Jan - 21st Jan)

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 15th Rowley Park 6:00pm

Juniors,  Improvers run , Progression Route One: Rickerscote Road and River 5.63miles (9.05km)

 

Tuesday 16th Riverway 6:15pm

Speed Session @ Riverway

Alternative Road run Route Four: 6.3 Miles Corporation Street Backs

 

Wednesday 17th Rowley Park 6:00pm

Advanced Juniors, Improvers Speed, Improvers Road Run

Fast Road Run (7.30 minute per mile or faster)

 

Thursday 18th Riverway 6:15pm

Route Five: 7.0 Miles Radford Bank Wildwood ring, Overhill Rd

 

8pm @ Riverway (hockey and Cricket club) AGM

 

Friday 19th Riverway 6.00pm

Improvers Road Run

 

Saturday 20th

ParkRun

 

Sunday 21st

 

Local / National Races

Four Villages - Helsby

Kidsgrove 10K

 

Club Runs

 

9am

Castlefields car park

Marquis Drive 

 

9:30am

Harriers Social walk on the Chase (meet at Marquis Drive)

 

 

Membership Renewal Now OverDue

 

Last year we had 405 members so far only 72 people have renewed 2 weeks after the due date.

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting

 

The AGM is to be held on Thursday 18th January 2018 starting at 8pm at Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford. Food will be provided.

 

Please find the agenda below.

 

If you want anything added or what questions asked you must email then to Darren Mattocks or to info@staffordharriers.co.uk by the 16th January.

 

SH AGM Agenda 2018.pdf
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SH AGM minutes 10.1.17.pdf
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TRANSPORT for MIDLANDS XC Champs

 

@ Wollaton Park - 27th January

For all those entered into this year's Midlands XC championships - this is to advise that we have a coach booked for the day.
All members are welcome to join us (including non-runners & supporters)
However, we really need to know numbers ASAP!

THE COACH WILL SET OFF FROM STAFFORD CRICKET CLUB, RIVERWAY AT 9.15 am

We shall be departing for our return immediately after the last race (approx. 4.30pm)

& stopping off for some refreshments on the way home (please bring food & beer tokens respectively).

THEN RETURN AT APPROX 8.30pm TO THE CLUB.
YOUR RACE ENTRY HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR YOU BY THE CLUB, WITH TRANSPORT COSTS OF ONLY £5 Per Person (ADULTS& JUNIORS)

Please Contact IAN HODKINSON (CLUB COACH) if you want a seat reserved on the bus
Contact by Mobile 07703-687906, email; hodkinsonig@btinternet.com or speak to him on any club night.

Come and join us for Stafford Harriers Annual Dinner & Disco

 

On Friday 16th February 2018 from 7pm until Midnight

Presentation of awards & “Special guest speaker” will follow after the dinner.

 

 

Tickets are limited so hurry and get yours, don’t miss out on a brilliant night.

Tickets Cost £ 25 per person – Open to both Members & Non-members, all welcome

Arrive by 7.00pm to be seated by 7.30 prompt, Carriages from Midnight

 

Please help support your club to make this event a success!!

 

See the attached form for details, menu & ordering

Return your form with payment to Lindsey Foster (or any committee member).

Please make cheques payable to “Stafford Harriers”.

Annual Dinner 2018.pdf
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London Marathon 2018

 

Stafford Harriers have for many years travelled together to London for the London Marathon staying overnight the night before the big race. It has always been organised by The County Staff Club. This year Happy Days Coaches are put on a one night stay with transport to registration and to the race start. For spectators they will be taken into London and then everyone will be picked up together near the finish for the journey home.

The cost is £117 pp sharing a twin room.

 

Below are full details of the trip and a phone number to contact and book.

London Marathon 2018
2018 LONDON MARATHON.pdf
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Membership Renewal Now Due

 

 

Just a gentle reminder that we all have to renew our membership now.

It doesn't matter when you joined or renewed in 2017 all members need to renew 1st January 2018.

 

Please note the changes in membership types. We no longer have couple and family membership options.

 

An email reminder has been sent to everyone today (4th Jan).

 

If you haven't had one then:-

  • Please check your email system's spam folder, just in case we have been wrongly classified.
  • Otherwise you may be one of the  members that we don't have a valid email address for.

 

To correct this please fill in a new membership form with the email you want us to use.

 

CLUB KIT BLACK FRIDAY SALE

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

There are places still available and the first race is this weekend with the TRIG race.

Provisional Groups will be sorted before this & reviewed before the second race, entries can still accepted up to the end of Jan.

Please contact Ed Smith or Ian Hodkinson if interested.

Harriers Challenge 2018

The Harriers challenge is open to all members of Stafford Harriers, it’s a bit of fun and adds a little interest to your race diary & maybe introduces you to some races that you may not normally try or heard of.

 

Here is this year’s Challenge and there are 24 races to choose from.

Ten Road Races, Ten Off-Road Races and Four Cross Countries.

Check actual dates nearer the times as race organisers have been known to change dates.

If you find out confirmed dates that are different then please let us know.

Scoring is as follows, the first runner gets the same number of points that there are runners in the group at the start of the Challenge. (eg If there are 12 runners then 12 pts.) Second place gets one less (11 pts) and so on. In the event of a tie, then the runner with the least number of races wins. If still tied then a countback on head to head results will be done. (If it's still a tie then we give up!)

 

NEW for 2018 – Double point JOKER;

 

Each competitor can select “One” race to play their JOKER and receive double points.

You are completely free to select from any of the 24 races at any time during the year. The only rule is that you must notify the JOKER referee in writing (either by email or text) at least one week before the actual event (Ian Hodkinson, Club coach on 07703687906 or hodkinsonig@btinternet.com).

Any disputes will be addressed by the challenge committee and their decision will be final.

 

NEW for 2018 – Charity donation Entry Fee;

 

This year we will charge a £5 fee to enter, all entries will go direct to the clubs’ charity fund. This is still a bit of fun with a chance of a trophy at the end of the year.

 

Off Road Races;

   

Road Races;

 

14/1

Trig Race

 

4/2

Alsager 5

4/3

Cloud 9

 

18/2

Rugeley 10 mile

25/3

Lilleshall Monument

 

11/3

Knighton 20

19/4

Spring Treble 2

 

15/4

Newcastle 10k

24/6

Tamworth Gate Gallop (10k)

 

6/5

Uttoxeter Half

3/6

Westbridge 5

 

12/7

JCB 5

7/7

Black Country Half

 

15/7

Stoke Marathon

Sept TBC

Sept Handicap

 

28/7

Meerbrook 15k

Oct TBC

Chase Park Run

 

16/9

St Thomas 7

2/12

Apedale Dash

 

4/11

Flying Fox 10

Plus 4 x NSCCL cross country races.

Reserve races are;

Off Road; December Handicap, selected Chase Park run

Road; Coven Canter, Wheaton Aston 10k

Challenge groups will be reviewed & decided in the New Year before the Trig race. Anyone wishing to join should contact Ed Smith or Ian Hodkinson at training.

 

Weekly 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 Events

 

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

To this end the following dates have been confirmed:-

 

 

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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