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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






Saturday 13th May


Payments required by Thursday 13th April



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.




Awards Night

Friday 17th Feb


The Harriers Annual dinner and Presentation evening took place in Tillington Hall.




Challenge Group Winners

Group             3rd                                          2nd                                          1st

6              Amanda Pearce                      Bill Whitworth                               Mick Jones

5              Amy Oliver                              Steve Turner                                Julie Nokes

4              Debbie McDermott                 Jane Bisiker                                  Mel Deakin

3              Nia Nokes                               Craig Baxter                                Tracy Ridings

2              Mark Oliver                             Chris Skellern                              Chris Elsley         

1             Ian Hodkinson                          Spencer Holland                        Robert Mottram-Jones


Newcomer – Male               - Nick Beckett

Newcomer – Female           - Jenni Beckett

Most Improved                   - Nia Nokes

Team Managers Award      - Ian Hodkinson

Club Person of the Year     - Colin Mitchell

Champagne Moment          - Craig Baxter

Runner of the Year – Male           - Phil Hilsdon & Ian Hodkinson

Runner of the Year – Female      - Mel Deakin

Runner of the Year – Veteran      - Robert Mottram-Jones


Award winners

People arriving for the event


Annual Dinner and Presentations


On Friday evening the Harriers Annual Dinner and Presentation evening took place at the White Eagle Club. Many of you voted online for our Runners of the Year, in fact we had a record number of votes cast this year.


Your winners were


Lady Runner of the Year.  Michelle Rushton-Fox

Male Runner of the Year   Phil Hilsdon

Veteran Runner of the Year  Val Stuart


Other awards by the committee were


Most Improved runner of the year.

Joint winnners Liz Stanyer and Rachel Davis

Male Newcomer of the year

Michael Dobson

Female Newcomer of the Year 

Justine Hall

Team Managers Award

Liz Stanyer

Club Person of the Year

Tracey Jones

Champagne Moment

Val Stuart


The awards were presented by Esther Batho.



Friday 1/3/13


A very sucessful evening - big thank–you to Craig for his hard work organising the event.

I noticed a number of camera’s please send your photo’s in via the upload system Click here.





Congratulations to :-


Male Runner of the year --- Nathan Sabin
Female runner of year ----- Chris Skellern
Veteran Runner ------------- Chris Skellern
Most improved -------------- Joanne Oliver
Female Newcomer ---------- Sandra Smith
Male Newcomer ------------- Ian Hodkinson
Club Person of the year ---- Dave Preece

Team Managers Award ----- Sandra Smith

Special recognition awards - Pete Burns and Mick Jones.
Champagne Moment -------- The Harriers Bee Team,

                                          Holly Wright, Steph Clayton and Shelley Burns

                                          for dressing up as bees for the Katherine House 10k.


Not forgetting the winners of the Harrier Challenge 2012 :-


Group 8: Holly Wright, Val Stuart , Gael Earp

Group 7: Shelly Burns, Jo Oliver, Kellie Lee

Group 6: Bill Whitworth, Amy Wilshaw, George Singh

Group 5: Graham Williams, John Greatholder, Sandra Smith

Group 4: Ralph Wedlock, Craig Baxter, Mark Oliver

Group 3: Ian Hodkinson, Dave Payling, Richard Caley

Group 2: Darren Mattocks, Neil Martin, Steve Cooper

Group 1: Nathan Sabin, Mark Bridgewood, Ian Talbot



The Harriers had their normal Birthday get together in Penkridge on Saturday 10/11/12. This one was a bit sepical as one of our number had a special birthday to celebrate. Below is a link to photos of the night and see if you can guess who had the special birthday. 


Penkridge Photos   -  Thanks (or not) to Caroline Nicol.


There does seem to be a lot of 'redeye' on the photos and I am not sure if this was the camera. It can't have had anything to do with the amount of alcohol consumed can it?





Liz Stanyer must be congratulated for organising yet another great evening at the Dog Racing at Monmore Green on Saturday 19th May. Thirty odd Harriers made their way down to the dog track, and I do mean odd. Many of them had never been before and most hadn't a clue how to read a race card never mind how to place a bet. However with two free drinks a meal and a couple of free bets everyone was soon in the swing of things.


Fourteen races all happening at 20-minute intervals it kept everyone on their toes and soon everyone one was shouting with delight or bemoaning the fact that their dog had been got at. Like the true athletes Harriers are, they were checking out which dog was having the nervous pee before the race and dashing off to back it.


There were winners and losers on the night but everyone agreed that it was a great social evening and could well become an annual event on the Harriers Social Calendar.

Below are some photo's of the evening and you may spot a photo of a very smug Pete Burns who had just won £45 on a £2.50 bet. However he didn't really have a clue what he had done and had to ask Frank Evans to explain it all to him.






A very successful Annual Dinner and Presentation evening at the White Eagle Club in Stafford.   


The result of the online voting for the runners of the year was very well supported and also very conclusive.



MALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR                       IAN TALBOT



Other awards were,

Lady Newcomer of the Year                        Amanda Pearce

Male Newcomer of the Year                        Matt Woodman

Most Improved Runner of the year              Kirsty Stephenson

Team Managers Award                               Darren Mattocks

Club Person of the Year                              Jane Bisiker

Champagne Moment                                  Sara Broomes' Plaster Cast


Thanks Liz for the photo's.




NSRRA presentation evening Jan 2012


As you can see, the Harriers managed to squeeze a few drinks into the proceedings and as usual were the last ones on the dance floor after all the other North Staffs clubs stamina had faded and wilted. So in our social, dancing and drinking capacity we were the undoubted NSRRA champions.

Prior to this were the presentations in which Stafford Harriers did rather well.

They are as follows

Karen D Murray 2nd Group W
Karen Murray 3rd Group W
Tracey Gee 3rd Lady Vet 40-44
Chris Skellern 1st Lady Vet 45-49
Karen Murray 3rd Lady vet 45-49
Karen D Murray 3rd Lady vet 50-54
James Thorpe 1st Group F
Eddie Smith 3rd Men 55-59
Mick Jones 3rd Men 65-69

Stuart Dunston Trphy for best performance in group W at Clayton 10k Karen D Murray.

Well done to all the Harrier NSRRA runners as there are some pretty tough runs to conquer to complete your 12 races.


Report by Liz






What a night it was, it really was, what a night. The Dancing Queen celebrated her Birthday in some style with all her 'A' List celebrities. Abba, The Spice Girls, John & Yoko, Alice Cooper, Ozzy. Even Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse were there. Here is a note from Liz.


Dear all,
Thank you so very much to all the Harriers who contributed to my 40th birthday collection. I was truly speechless ( hard to believe I know ) at the generosity shown by you all. I loved the champagne flute and of course the Moet to go in it and I have read and laughed out loud at your comments in my card. I want to let you know that I will be spending the money on a much needed new pair of trainers. I also had a Pandora bracelet for my birthday and I will be buying a charm to go on the bracelet with the money. That will be my something to remember from you all. 
Thank you so much to all who came to my party. It was great seeing you all and I absoultely loved some of the outfits. The Spice Girls have been talked about by everyone, and I still can't believe the fabulous Ozzy who I truly didn't recognise.
I wanted my 40th to be a whole lot of fun, and thanks to the Harriers it really was. I had such a blast and it was all I hoped it would be. I hope you all had fun too, and thanks once again to you all!
Liz x



Here are a few photo's to be going on with. We hope to get more on the site soon.



While most Harriers where eating pasta and getting an early night on Saturday in preparation for the half marathon, the party people where out raising money for a good cause.  Over a thousand pounds was raised and they are still counting up.  A good night was had all round.  Hopefully next year it won’t clash with the half marathon and more Harriers will get their posh frocks out for a good cause.


Jane Bisiker



The annual dinner and awards evening was held at the White Eagle Club on Friday 25th February.


We had very successful evening, so many thanks to Craig Baxter and all his helpers.







Harriers had a very sucessful Annual Dinner and Presentaion evening on Friday (25/2/11) evening. The winners of the prizes were as follows.


The three that were voted for online were.


Male Runner of the year Chris Owen

Lady Runner of the Year Liz Stanyer

Veteran Runner of the Year Chris Skellern


Other awards voted for by the committee or others were.


Male Newcomer of the year  Steve Vaughan

Lady Newcomer of the Year  Esther Hughes

Most Improved Runner of the Year James Thorpe

Team Managers Award  Jenny Addison

Champagne Moment  Winning Ladies Team in NSRRA

Club Person of the Year Jointly Eddie Smith and Tracey Gee


Here is a small collection of photos.






Here are some photos from Eddie Smith and I have more to follow from Liz Stanyer.. Awaiting report on all the prizes the Harriers won.




We had very successful evening, so many thanks to Craig Baxter and all his helpers and elves. The venue was a great success as was the disco. There is no doubt that it was also helped by the great contribution of our very own master chef. I am sorry Nigela eat your heart out you will never match a Jackie Grant buffet. Many thanks Jackie (and Frank)


We also held the draw for the London Marathon places.

As a thank you for all he has done for the Harriers for so many years and also to enable him to complete his 100th marathon in London, members proposed that one place be given to our President Mike Jones.  It was of course an unopposed proposal and we send our thanks and best wishes to Mike.


The rest of the club places went to, Karen D Murray, Bernard Wilkes, Liz Stanyer and Chris Owen. The reserve places went to 1st Kim Preece and 2nd Lisa Percox.


So now the serious training starts best of luck to you all and also to the all the supporters who need to start their training and the planning of their routes around the underground.


A DOGS NIGHT OUT - 18/09/2010

Liz, Caroline and Andy organised a night at the dog racing track for the Harriers.

The £15 Package included:

  • Admission
  • Race-card
  • Scampi, Chicken or Beefburger and Chips**
  • 2 Drinks from the bar
  • 2 Forecast tote bets
  • Jackpot tote bet

Transport to the event and back was from Stafford on a chartered coach.




Photo's from the night.
Dogs night out.pdf
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Photo's of the 2010 Annual Presentation Dinner / Dance
Annual Dinner 2010.pdf
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