New for October – “Thursday Social”
You are all invited to join us from 8pm @ Cricket Club, Riverway.
Following the normal Thursday night club run (with just enough time for a shower & change or pop home & back)
Rather than go home and cook the tea & watch the soaps or question time, come & join us for a quick drink & a chip butty!
Either post run or just pop in for a social and catch up !
A good chance to end the week and have a good catch up with fellow harriers.
All welcome (£2 each for food)
If popular, will be continued on a regular (last Thursday of the month) monthly basis.
Penkridge Pub Run x Pints
8th September 2018
A great event yesterday for the Harriers that braved the rain on the run to Penkridge to take part in a pub crawl. Here is the gang at the Moat House on a much needed pit stop on the way to Penkridge. Hopefully this will turn into a popular annual event for the Harriers!
Awards night 2017
Friday 16th February 2018 @ Tillington Hall
|Male Newcomer||Simon Bromley|
|Female Newcomer||Kim Walker|
|Most Improved||Jason Littlewood|
|Male Runner of the Year||Simon Bromley|
|Female Runner of the Year||Nia Nokes|
|Veteran Runner of the Year||Chris Skellern & Sarah Gray|
|Team Managers Award||Mel Deakin|
|Club Person of the Year||Ian Hodkinson|
|Champagne Moment||Rachel Marsden|
|Special Recognition||Brian Langston|
Pictures of the event.
THE HARRIERS GO TO THE DOGS …. again
Saturday 13th May 2017
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).
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.
Awards Night 2016
Friday 17th Feb 2017
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
People arriving for the event
Annual Awards Evening 2015
The annual awards evening was held at the White Eagle Club on Riverway.
Amongst the awards given out on the night were the awards that you the members voted for on line.
This was again very successful and the voting was as close as we have ever had. However the winners in the three Catagories that you voted for were
Male Runner of the Year Richard Rea
Lady Runner of the Year Michelle Rushton-Fox
Veteran Runner of the Year Chris Skellern
Other awards were as follows
Male newcomer Spencer Holland
Lady newcomer Mel Deakin
Most Improved Karen Murray
Manager’s Award Ian Hodkinson
Club Person of the Year Craig Baxter
Champagne Moment Holly Wright
Special Recognition Joe Atherton
2015 Challenge Group winners.
|1||Ian Hodkinson||Michelle Fox||Phil Hilson|
|2||Jim Smith||Darren Mattocks||Chris Skellern|
|3||Chris Elsley||Mark Oliver||Graham Williams|
|4||Tracy Ridings||Natalie Godfrey||Dave Mantle|
|5||Jo Oliver||Julie Nokes||Debbie McDermott|
|6||Frank Evans||Bill Whitworth||Amanda Pearce|
Annual Dinner and Presentations 2014
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.
HARRIERS PRESENTATIONS 2014
The Annual Presentation evening on Friday 28th February was enjoyed by over 70 Harriers with a number of prizes being awarded to runners who had represented the club at numerous events over the last 12 months. Although the evening was dominated by the Adult runners, the Juniors also had received their awards prior to the event.
Junior Male Runner of the Year George Hodkinson
Junior Female Runner of the Year Amy Oliver
Most Improved Junior Runner Will Sammons
Individual Awards voted for online by the members were,
Male Runner of the Year Alan Griffin
Lady Runner of the Year Shelley Burns
Veteran Runner of the Year Val Stuart
Voted for by the committee were,
Most Improved Runner Gill Hodkinson
Male Newcomer of the Year Phil Hilsdon
Female Newcomer of the Year Julie Nokes
Team Managers’ Award Mark Bridgwood
Champagne Moment Chris Owen
Clubman of the Year Bill Whitworth
In the 2013 Harriers’ Challenge, there were 7 groups where runners competed at a range of distances and nominated races throughout the season, amassing points which determined their places within each group. Trophy winners were as follows
Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place
Group 1 Mark Bridgwood Nathan Sabin Phil Hilsdon
Group 2 Ian Hodkinson Alan Cook Chris Skellern
Group 3 Allan Griffin Adam Morris Michelle Fox and Tracey Jones
Group 4 Jim Smith Mark Oliver Angela Brookes
Group 5 Shelley Burns Gill Hodkinson Jane Bisiker
Group 6 Joanne Oliver Mike Moore Julie Nokes
Group 7 Chelsie Cook Stuart Fowlie Sara Broome
HARRIERS ANNUAL DINNER
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
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY GET TOGETHER
The Harriers had their normal Birthday get together in Penkridge on Saturday 10/11/12. This one was a bit special 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?
THE HARRIERS GO TO THE DOGS …. again
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.
HARRIERS ANNUAL DINNER
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.
LADY RUNNER OF THE YEAR KIRSTY STEPHENSON
MALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR IAN TALBOT
VETERAN RUNNER OF THE YEAR CHRIS SKELLERN
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 trophy 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
LIZ’S BIRTHDAY BASH
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.
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 absolutely 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!
Here are a few photo’s to be going on with. We hope to get more on the site soon.
HELP THE HEROES SPRING BALL 19/3/11
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.
HARRIERS ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARDS EVENING
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.
AND THE WINNERS ARE……
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.
NSRRA PRESENTATION EVENING
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.
HARRIERS CHRISTMAS PARTY
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
Liz, Caroline and Andy organised a night at the dog racing track for the Harriers.
The £15 Package included:
- 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.
SO, A GREAT VALUE AND EXCITING NIGHT OUT!