Club News

This page has two parts. This weeks runs and club news articles. Scroll down to see the latest information.


All evening runners must ware High Vis Tops

Headphones are not allowed on any club runs. Taking photos or videos requires the session leaders permission.

Monday 24th
6pm Rowley Park Stadium Juniors, Improvers, Progression Route NEW ROUTE Route Nine: town, Holmcroft, Castlefields – 5.93 miles (9.55km) 6:15pm Rowley Park Stadium Complete Beginners Course
Tuesday 25th

6:15pm Riverway

Speed Session @ Riverway

Alternative Road run (no leader) Route 10  7.64 miles Prospect Road, Rangers, disused railway, Doxey Marches,  Park

Wednesday 26th

6pm Rowley Park Stadium

Improvers Speed and Improvers Road Run

6:15pm Rowley Park Stadium

Complete Beginners Course

Thursday 27th
6:15pm Chase - Sister Doras Last night time Chase run of the year 6:15pm Riverway Alternative Road run (no leader) Route 11  7.53 miles Canal to Walton Bridge, over Walton Hill, Wildwood Marina There is a diversion around Baswich bridge (so don't cross the stile to the canal but turn left keeping to the edge of the field until Baswich lane, rejoin the Canal path). On Friday there was a fallen tree before Walton Bridge, cross with care. 8:00pm Riverway Sports & Remedial Massage Workshop ** see article below **
Friday 28th

6:00pm Riverway
Improvers Road Run

Saturday 29th


Local Races

The Rodbaston 10K

NSCC Race1 Winsford ** see article below **

Sunday 30th
Local / National Races Apley Estates challenge  5k,10k or 21k run Club Run 9:00am Traditional Chase run: meet at Marquis Drive 9:00am Short Chase run: meet at Marquis Drive 9:00am Social walk

Club News

Sports & Remedial Massage Workshop

8pm on 27th September 18 at Riverway Cricket Club

We are holding on a free evening workshop on the topic of Sports & Remedial Massage.

As this is the first session we have done covering this topic we shall be aiming to simply present, discuss & demo Sports Massage.

What is it, the benefits & the importance in the current world & dispelling myths etc…

Demonstrating pre-event, post-event and routine maintenance massages.


The evening will be Free & Open to all paid up members only !!!

With special guest Sports and Remedial Therapist, Jennifer Bird from Stafford Massage.

Who will be happy to discuss the topic and finish with a Q&A session at the end.


This is to be held at Riverway Cricket Club @ 8pm allowing just enough time for a quick shower & change after Thursday club run.

Refreshments will be provided on arrival so please, let us know if you are going to attend.


Thanks & regards

Ian Hodkinson

Club Coach

Winter Sessions

With the early nights it is time to change to our winter routine.

From the 1st October all evening runners MUST ware high vis tops.

Club rules also allow plain white tops to be used – but these aren’t as visible and should be used only as a last resort.

Please don’t make us stop you taking part by turning up without the right kit.

We also change the location and format of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday runs.

Monday: Progression group changes to winter routes. All gates apart from the main entrance will be locked from 6pm.

Tuesday: Alternative road run will change to winter routes.

Thursday: No Chase run. Only one road run group running from Riverway following winter routes.

Friday: No Chase or Castle. Meet at Riverway for a road run.


The 1st Race is on 29th Sept @ Winsford – please see for details.

In all cross country races you must run in club kit (club tshirt or club vest).

With the other 3 x races on 27th Oct, 17th Nov & finally 15th Dec

We will be providing transport for the first race, due to the distance, leaving Stafford @ 9.45 am and returning straight after the last race (approx. 4 pm)

If you wish to have a seat – please contact Ian Hodkinson @ training or

All members (of all abilities) are encouraged to take part & have a go – it’s a bit of fun and nice to be part of a team!

Plus all four races are in the Harriers Challenge!

Please talk to any coaches or leaders if you are interested … free entry (subsidised by the club)

Car Sharing to the NSCCL venues by Senior Athletes

This season 3 additional Clubs have joined the League, this will increase the problem with regard to parking, unless we encourage those attending not to arrive individually in a vehicle. It would be best if several people could travel from their hometown together, but otherwise, perhaps it is possible to arrange to meet up, say, 5 miles away from the Venue and proceed in one vehicle to the Venue Parking Area.

New method for paying for membership

21st September we made a big change to our membership system. We have moved away from Paypal.

There are number of reasons for the move, but the biggest advantage is the service charge we had to pay for credit card payments is halved. In line with the UK law the amount you pay is no longer dependant upon how you pay.

So using a credit card costs the same as paying by cash.

All payments will collected via our online shop payment system.

We don’t store any credit card details on our systems.

New Complete Beginners Course

We started of our Complete Beginners Course on the 10th September. 23 people attended on Monday night.

It is not too late for you 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 Mondays feel free to come along to the Wednesday session.

Reminder what is coming up

Next Thursday 27/9/18 – “Sports & remedial Massage workshop” 8pm @ Riverway Cricket Club

27/10/18 The club will be hosting the North Staffs Cross Country on the Common. Runners and volunteers will be required.

3/11/18 – National XC Relays, Mansfield;

We will again be fielding both senior & junior teams, entries must be done in advance – anyone interested please contact Ed Smith, Chris Skellern, Ian Hodkinson

This is great day out for all (runners & spectators alike) fun to take part but also great to watch some of England’s best athletes.

10/11/18 – The October Park run in the challenge – due to October being too busy we have agreed to use the 10th Nov park run as the challenge race.

Reminder that park run begins at 9am and all must be registered with park run (before the event) to get a time.

10/11/18 – November B’day social – the traditional November birthday celebration social

We will repeat last year and catch the train or bus to Stone – meet at the Royal Exchange, enjoy the sights & refreshment houses of Stone before catching the last bus back.

Other Times and locations TBC

17/1/19 – Club Annual AGM has been booked for 17th Jan 2019, 8pm at Riverway Cricket Club


Stafford Harriers have for many years travelled together to London for the London Marathon staying overnight the night before the big race. 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 Pall Mall for the journey home.

The cost is £119 pp sharing a twin room.

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


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

To this end the following dates have been confirmed:-

10th Nov  “November Birthday social” catch the train or bus to Stone – meet at the Royal Exchange

21st Dec 2018 – Christmas Disco @ Perkins Sports & Social

17th Jan 2019 Club Annual AGM  8pm at Riverway Cricket Club

15th Feb 2019 – Annual Presentation Dinner @ Tillington Hall