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


Our next complete beginners group will be 3rd April 2017

See article below



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


WEEK AHEAD (27th March - 2nd April)

Below are a list of offical club runs.


Headphones are not allowed on any club runs.


Summer Runs




Monday 27th Rowley Park 6.00pm


Juniors, Improvers, Progression Route One: Hyde Lea via Thorneyfields Lane 5.78 miles


Tuesday 28th 6:15pm


Speed Session @ County Showground


Alternative road run (no leader) from Riverway

Route 1 Short run 6.0 miles Standard run 6.8 miles Long run 10.25 miles


Wednesday 29th Rowley Park 6:00pm


Advanced Juniors,  Improvers Speed, Improvers Road Run


Thursday 30th 6:15pm


Chase Run: Punch Bowl


Alternative road run (no leader) from Riverway

Route 2  7.1 miles River MRI,Canal to Milford Farm, Jacobs Ladder

Next week both runs will be replaced with the Handicap ** see article below **


Friday 31st 6.00pm


Castle Car Park


Saturday 1st


Park Run ** Harriers are responsable for the organisation ** Can you help ?


Sunday 2nd


Local Races

Mudtastik Mud Run - Shrewsbury

Greater Manchester Marathon

Sutton Lilleshall Monument 10K



Club Runs

8:30 am

Stafford Technology park, Beaconside (1st round about as you enter the park)



Burton Manor Shops

Marquis Drive 






The next complete beginners group will start

6:15pm 3rd April 2017


The group will meet at Rowley Park at 6:15pm on the lower car park. There is no need to preregister, no need to prejoin the club or even email us. Come along and meet us.

The group is open to anyone, if you have any medical history or you are unsure then please talk to your doctor before coming along.

During the first few sessions there will be advise on buying the right footware, so please don’t rush out and buy new shoes for the first session.

Your first session will consist of introductions, talk about our club, some basic rules, talk about kit and then the first session.

We will start with running and walking within Rowley Park on the edge of playing fields. The park isn’t totally flat but we start slowly and gradually build on this over the 14 weeks.

The plan is 14 weeks with 3 sessions a week:-


Monday night - 6-15pm Rowley Park

Wednesday night - 6-15pm Rowley Park

Friday or Saturday - we need you to commit to doing by yourself.



Contact  email



Harriers Handicap

6th April 2017


Next Thursday will be the first  Handicap of the year. It is open to all members of the club. The winner is the first to complete a lap of the course on the Chase (approx 3.7 miles). To make it fair, the faster runners are delayed from starting. It is this handicap that makes the run interesting and gives everyone an equal chance of winning. To keep people from “under estimating” their speed people can't win the race on their first attempt. Recent race results can also be used as evidence of current performance.!


The route used to be very muddy but over the years the route is now mainly gravel, with a short section that at times (after heavy rain) can still be testing.


We meet at the first car park on the right, on the Chase Road Brocton. at 6:15 ish for a 6:45pm start.

Go to the “green triangle” in Brocton and take the steep hill out of the village, past the old quarry on the left and the car park entrance is on the next left bend (car park is on the right).


Ed Smith is in charge of setting the handicap's, helpers for marshalling and time keeping are required.






Saturday 13th May



An evening at Monmore Green Stadium  at the Dog Racing at Monmore Green.

Last time we went everyone had a fantastic time.


Coach to take the strain.

£21 per person (over 18's only).

Price includes:-

Coach to venue, Admission, Race-card, food (Scampi,Chicken, Beefburger or Veggie Buger and chips), 2 drinks at the bar, 2 Forecst Tote bets, Jackpot tote bet.



Please put payment in an envolope with the attendees names on the outside and give to any session leader or direct to Lindsey Foster.



Harrier Performance Tables Updated



I have updated the race results and performance tables upto the Stafford Half. If I have made a mistake please email and I will correct it.



Showground Relays & Staff Knot Open


Both of our major events are now open for entries.



Manchester Marathon



Jim Smith has a spare place for the Manchester Marathon going. Anyone interested get in touch with him or contact the website so we can forward details.


Air Products 10k



Graham Williams has a spare place for the Air Products 10k  Easter Sunday in Crewe. Anyone intresed get in touch with him or contact the website so we can forward details.





John Finney has started writing the history of the Stafford Harriers. He hopes to add more details covering 120 or so years in due course.


Stafford Harriers Running Club came into being in April 1986 following the merger of Stafford Athletic Club and Cannock AC to form Cannock and Stafford AC. Its first home was GEC's Social Club ( MRI Club - Metres, Relays and Instruments) and consequently was originally know as Stafford St Leonard's Harriers. But it was not the first of its kind to grace the County town.


For additional information on the history from 1893 to present day please go to our History of the club page.


Just click on the "Online Users'" link above for interesting stats about our visitors and where they are from.