Our new kit design and a new way to order

Ordering period extended

As we were late in opening the shop we have extended the ordering period until 14th May.

How Ordering works:-

  • The club shop will open four times a year – January, April, July and October.
  • At these times orders will be accepted for one month.
  • All orders must be accompanied by card payment, cash or cheque.
  • Once placed delivery will take approximately three weeks.
  • When the kit becomes available an announcement will be posted on the website identifying the sessions and venues where the kit will be available for collection.

This will be the last opportunity to order kit before the Showground Relays and Staffs Knot

Because we haven’t change the colour or black stripes the old designs are still valid in all races.

 

 

Go to our on-line shop

 

 

 

Race Reports Wanted

I notice that we have a lack of race reports coming in.

Chris Elsley does a great job getting reports ready for the newspapers etc.

But it is nice for us armchair runners to read about people’s own experiences. No need to think some one else will have a better report or more racing experience. No need to get all the Harriers times.

It is great that we have a wide range of runners in the club so our reports should reflect this.

Stafford Half

The County Staff Club is available to the Stafford Harriers to use as a place to change, a place to meet, a place for a drink from 8:30am and kitchen will open 11:00 – 2:00

I will be taking a team photo outside the County Staff club at 9.15 am. Giving you plenty of time for your warm up routines and to get into place for the start.

 

Event time table

08.30am – Race Village and Race Office open in Market Square
10.00am – Race starts
12 noon – Prize Giving on Stage

 

New Complete Beginners Course

We started a new Complete Beginners Course in April. But it is not too late to join us.

You’ll be encouraged to jog / walk / jog / walk for gradually increasing longer distances. You will be in a group of people in the same condition as yourself. You’ll soon be jogging continuously and ready to face longer distances.

We offer the first few weeks free of charge so what have you got to loose.

There is no need to pre-register just come along Monday night 6pm for a 6:15pm start at Rowley Stadium (off West Way). Please park in the top car park and walk down to the lower car park (for safety please keep off the road and walk on the grass). We will be on the left hand side of the lower car park (by the bike shed).

Ask for Colin or Kim.

If you can’t make Monday feel free to come along to the Wednesday session.

Summer is here

The clocks have changed and the sun is out (Sunday morning) it must be summer. Well not just yet, but we have now switched to summer routine.

  • Rowley Park – all the gates are now open allowing a wider range of routes.
  • All mapped road runs now switch to summer routes.
  • Tuesday Speed session continue to meet at Riverway, but other locations are used, an alternative road run is available
  • Thursday the main run will now be on the Chase. Different car parks are used so look at the schedule for this weeks. Mustering is every 7 minutes, there is always a back marker so no one is left behind. There is an alternative road run but due to popularity of the Chase option there isn’t usually a leader.
  • Friday have moved to the Castle and the Chase on alternative weeks. This week is the Castle. Both are off road improvers sessions with short muster sections. They are a great way to start your off road running experience.

 

Harriers Handicap Race (The Peter Hodgetts Memorial Handicap)

Spring Handicap Thursday 5th April 6pm for 6:30 start.

Four times a year we hold the Harriers Handicap Race. Each race is open to all adult members and advanced juniors.

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.

Meeting point is the Chase Vista car park. 

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 people’s handicaps, helpers for marshalling and time keeping are required.

 

 

5K Time Trial

Wednesday 4th April 6pm Castlefields car park.

Again this summer we will be holding time trial across the summer months. Last year we held four events. It is open to all adult members and advanced juniors.

The route is simple a straight 2.5km down the disused railway, turn around at the marshal and run back.  We publish people’s times so that you can check progress.

When they take place they will replace the Wednesday sessions at Rowley Park (all apart from the complete beginners).

 

Urgent News: Bad weather

Due to the current bad weather Friday session is cancelled.

We are reviewing the weather daily so visit regularly to get the latest news.

Membership Renewal Now Over Due

Last year we had over 400 members so far only 214 have renewed.

Membership renewal was due 1st January and so anyone that hasn’t yet paid is over 50 days late.

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

Did you get an email reminder ?

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.

 

Click Here to renew your membership now

CLUB EVENTS

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

To this end the following dates have been confirmed:-

Showground Relays Wednesday 13th June

Staffs Knot Wednesday 25th July