Club News

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THIS WEEKS OFFICIAL CLUB RUNS

All runners on adult night time runs require High Vis Tops

Monday 13th

6:00 pm Rowley Park Stadium

Juniors, Improvers, Progression Group Route Two: Sundown and  John Amery Drive 8.86km (5.1 miles)

Tuesday 14th

6:15pm  Riverway

Speed Session@Riverway

Alternative road run (no leader): Route Nine: 7.5 Miles Rangers, Crab Lane, town, river

 

Wednesday 15th

6:00 pm Rowley Park Stadium

Improvers Speed Session and Improvers Road Run

Thursday 16th

6:15 pm Riverway

Slightly Harder Runs Route Eight: 6.1 Miles River, Radford Bank, Stockton Lane, Wildwood

8:00 pm New Rugby Club - Doxey Road

AGM

Friday 17th

6:00 pm New Rugby Club - Doxey Road

For one week only we will go from the Rugby Club.

Improvers road run

 

Saturday 18th

Cannock Chase Park . For more info

 

Sunday 19th

9:00 am White House

Local races

Four Villages Half – Helsby

 

Club News

Runner of the year 2019 voting closes 20th Jan

We invite you to vote for three awards (female runner, male runner and veteran runner).
Instructions on how to vote will be sent to you by email. If you don’t get an email please contact us

Voting will close midnight 20th January 2020

The nominations are listed below.

Female Runner 2019

Suzanne Brotherhood

 

Another runner who moved up from improvers and is getting better. Her first year in the Harrier’s Challenge. Becoming a familiar face at many Harrier races and events

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Suzanne Brotherhood
52:18 07/18
58:10 09/18
02:09:38 03/19

Tracy Burrows

 

Moved from improvers to progression group and making big gains since coming back from injury. Running many races including her first marathon in Manchester. 3rd in her Challenge group.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Tracy Burrows
51:00 06/19
61-15 5/14
01:49:22 11/19
2-20-29 3/16

Mel Deakin

 

Recently selected harrier to compete in the London Marathon in the club draw, 2nd in her challenge group and 7th in NSRRA group M

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Mel Deakin
38:44 02/19
48:46 05/19
01:25:26 02/19
01:48:07 03/19
03:02:40 03/18
04:36:20 10/17

Stella Dennis

 

An amazing effort running 5 Marathons in 5 days to help raise funds for Eadies Wishes charity and then finished as first Harrier lady at Parkhall 5 days later

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Stella Dennis
38:54 07/17
47:22 09/17
01:18:53 11/17
1-50-04 3/16

Mel Gorman

Moved from improvers to progression group on a Monday night. Great effort in the cross-country events.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Mel Gorman
49:27 07/19
58:57 05/19
01:44:51 11/19
02:09:48 05/19

Sally Haycock

 

A harrier who enters many races, completed the Staffs Ironman earlier this year after coming back from a long term injury

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Sally Haycock
43:29 07/19
52:53 04/19
01:40:16 02/19
02:00:59 05/19

Saffron Latham

An up and coming young runner. Becoming a regular face at many Harrier events and represented the club at Stafford 10K

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Saffron Latham
44:41 07/17
52:52 09/19

Debs McDermot

Another regular at many of the Harrier challenge races. Completed two marathons in a week and managed both of them sub 4hr

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Debbie McDermott
40:41 02/18
48:41 10/18
01:21:34 11/18
01:49:45 10/18
02:54:20 03/19
03:48:06 04/19

Katie Peacock

Great runner, improving with every race.

Represented the club in the cross country and a top 3 female regular at Parkrun

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Katie Peacock
40:03 07/19
46:47 09/19
01:17:47 12/19

Vanessa Welham

A Harrier who has improved every race over the year and has performed at a consistently high standard

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Vanessa Welham
38:42 06/19
46:47 12/19
01:21:36 11/19
01:45:11 11/19
03:03:44 09/19

 

 

male Runner 2019

 

Nick Beckett

A long time member, completed a solo event at the thunder run, completing 13 laps

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Nick Beckett
36:41 07/17
01:14:20 02/19
01:34:07 03/19
03:43:30 12/17

Mark Burrows

Making a comeback to the Harriers after surgery and getting stronger with every run. Regular face helping out at many Harrier events.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Mark Burrows
38:58 06/17
48:33 09/17
01:29:34 11/17
1-48-26 3/17

Michael Dobson

Finished first in the premier league challenge group. 2nd in NSRRA group C. Always encouraging other runners and a regular face at many races representing the Harriers

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Michael Dobson
31-57 12/14
39-44 11/16
66-33 12/14
01:32:43 07/19
2-24-35 3/15
2-57-43 4/14

Liam Duggan

Improving in every race, usually one of the first finishing Harriers in all races. Finished 2nd in Premier Challenge group.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Liam Duggan
33:36 06/19
39:11 12/19
01:08:01 11/19
01:31:37 03/19

Justin Green

Strong Harrier, struggled with injury in the latter months of the year, but a great runner and cross country regular

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Justin Green
30:55 02/19
38:29 09/18
01:06:30 11/18
01:27:00 03/19

Phil Hilsdon

A long standing Harrier, regular sub 3 marathoner. Ran all the cross country events and frequently the first Harrier at most races.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Phil Hilsdon
28:22 02/19
35-31 6/16
58-57 11/16
1-16-16 3/16
2-06-30 3/15
2-47-03 4/16

Spencer Holland

3rd in his challenge group and 5th in NSRRA group, NSRRA Compleat runner (ran all 20 NSRRA races)

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Spencer Holland
32:22 02/19
39:40 04/17
70-13 11/16
01:29:33 03/19
2-31-48 3/17
03:11:26 04/17

Darren Mattocks

Active member of the club, regular at many challenge races and cross country. Has made some massive improvements in times and is a great ambassador for the club. 2nd in NSRRA group E

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Darren Mattocks
34-20 7/12
41-40 5/13
70-51 10/12
1-37-13 3/12
2-48-17 3/14
4-01-21 4/13

Matt Sargent

Another determined young runner who finishes high up the places in all races.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Matt Sargent
31:41 07/19
40:43 04/19
01:29:16 07/19

Antonio Treglia

Extremely determined runner, who has made massive improvements throughout the year.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Antonio Treglia
37:10 07/19
41:01 12/19
01:11:32 11/19
01:45:26 07/19

 

 

 

Veteran Runner 2019

 

 

Sarah Gray

Has run many races for the harriers including the cross country events and finished 2nd in her Challenge group

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Sarah Gray
52-35 2/15
66-34 5/14
02:03:17 02/19
2-35-36 3/17

Alan Jones

A regular runner who represents the club up and down the country almost every weekend at various running events across all distances. Regular name in the Harriers Challenge every year.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Alan Jones
36-04 12/16
44-33 12/16
01:19:26 11/18
01:42:54 03/19
02:56:36 03/18
03:52:06 09/19

Karen Murray

Long time Harrier, finished 2nd in her Challenge group, 3rd NSRRA group W and 5th in V50 group.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Karen Murray
41-53 2/15
50-38 5/15
89-29 7/11
1-53-36 3/15
3-02-49 3/15
4-03-06 4/13

Julie Nokes

Another long time club member who has represented the club in both the NSRRA league and cross country as well as winning her challenge group

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Julie Nokes
45-13 2/13
54-46 6/13
92-37 10/13
2-03-54 3/13
3-36-05 9/15
4-53-33 11/15

Chris Skellern

A regular face at the challenge and NSRRA races, 3rd in the NSRRA group M, completed all the cross-country events. A long-standing junior coach and Harrier

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Chris Skellern
31-46 12/00
40-09 6/13
69-03 8/99
1-29-09 5/00

Ed Smith

Ran many races for the Harriers, completed 49 marathons since he started running,  competed in the cross country and finished 2nd in his challenge group.

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Ed Smith
32-51 9/94
39-50 9/92
66-56 5/92
1-30-29 3/92
2-30-15 3/03
3-25-43 4/03

Graham Williams

One of our longest running Harriers, attends many of the challenge races and finished 3rd in the NSRRA group G

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Graham Williams
31-16 2/95
38-48 5/94
64-15 6/91
1-27-47 3/97
2-21-17 3/94
3-23-57 10/93

Ian Wood

A regular Harrier at many races, famous for his bright orange shorts Came 2nd in NSRRA group D and 2nd in NSRRA V55

NAME
5 Mile
10K
10 Mile
Half
20 Mile
Marathon
Ian Wood
33-11 2/17
39-39 5/14
67-35 8/14
1-28-49 10/14
2-26-58 3/16
03:09:16 04/17

 

 

 

North Staffordshire Road Runners Association (NSRRA)

Presentation Evening 10th January 2020

The NSRRA was set up in July 1974. Members from many running clubs are organised into groups based on ability (7 mens and 4 ladies) groups. There are also male and female age groups (16-34, 35-39, 40-45, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 70+. This gives the runners a chance to win by ability, age or both.

Stafford Harriers had a successful year within the NSRRA league. We came away with 11 Trophies. Nine Harriers attended the presentation evening, some with partners. It was at the Florence Social Club in Stoke.

We were lucky to get a table together as there was a good attendance. As always, Ken Rushton (Chairman) gave the introduction to the President, Stan Winterton. He gave an opening speech which is always funny and entertaining. How he memorises it is to be admired. Ken introduced the guest of honour to present the trophies. Colin sadly had a heart attack last year during the Cannock Chase park run but has now made a full recovery and is back to running.

It was great to have so many Harriers at the presentation evening this year.

Stafford Harriers Winners (in order of presentation):

Karen Murray – 3rd in Group W

Chris Skellern – 3rd in Group M

Chris Skellern – 2nd Age Group 55-59

Michael Dobson – 2nd in Group C

Ian Wood – 2nd in Group D

Darren Mattocks – 2nd in Group E

Graham Williams – 3rd in Group G

Michael Dobson – 2nd in Age Group 50-54

Ian Wood – Age Group 55-59

Phil Hilsdon – The George Kay Memorial Trophy for 1st L runner in Knighton 20

Spencer Holland – Compleat Runner for completing all 20 races in the league.

The Mens Team came 4th missing 3rd position by just 1point and the ladies team came 3rd.

I would encourage our runners of all abilities to join the NSRRA. It costs £10 for the year. It gives you a chance of winning a trophy as an individual or as part of the Stafford Harriers Team. Look on the NSRRA web site to view the 20 races. The first race is the Alsager 5 on 2nd of February. It would be great to see more harriers at the presentation evening next year clasping trophies or winning the team prizes.

Karen

 

Photos are on Bryan Dale web site click here

Stafford Harriers Aviemore Tour 2020

Places are going fast if you want to go please talk to Ian. At the end of January, we will open the trip up to non-Harriers.

Friday 16th October 2020 to Monday 19th October 2020 (4 Days and 3 Nights)

Price per Person; £195 pp which includes 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, travel and *excursions (*TBC) Single room supplement £45, Based on a minimum of 40 guests – cost may increase if number not reached.

Friday 16th October;

Depart from Happy Days Depot, Stafford @ 7.45am & then Train Station @ 8am to Travel up North.
After a brief stop en-route, the first taste of Scotland will be Gretna Green before we continue into the highlands, taking a short coffee (beer) break near Perth. Arriving in the Spey Valley late afternoon, we book into the Craiglynne Hotel, Grantown on Spey, where all rooms are en-suite with TV, wifi & tea & coffee facilities.

Saturday 17th October;

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we shall set out on a day trip into the highlands with a stop off for lunch & free time to explore. Mid-afternoon we shall return to Aviemore for race registration & pasta party ahead of the races on Sunday.

Sunday 18th October;

Today we head into Aviemore for the half marathon and 10k events and afterwards, there will be time for post-race refreshment & lunch before we re-join the coach for a brief journey into the surrounding countryside to blow away the cobwebs.

Monday 19th October;

Following breakfast, we take our leave of the Craiglynne Hotel and commence the return journey home to the midlands.

Half Marathon & 10K information;

There is no obligation to raise sponsorship for the Speyside Trust, although anyone wishing to is free to do so. The race is described as “one of the prettiest and easiest you will ever do”. The course is a combination of excellent forest tracks and road all against the backdrop of the Cairngorm National Park, heading alongside Loch Morlich, through Glenmore forest park into Rothiemurchus Estate, across the river Spey before finishing in Aviemore.

RACE ENTRIES ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY !!!

By visiting https://www.entrycentral.com/aviemorehalfweekend
IMPORTANT – PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE TOUR WILL BE TAKING PLACE BEFORE YOU ENTER THE RACE!

Booking form

To join this tour, please complete in full the form below and return it, along with a £20pp non-refundable deposit to
Ian Hodkinson (Cheques payable to Stafford Harriers)

 

 

Harriers Challenge 2020

As some of the early races in 2020 are already filling up fast. We have a provisional list of races in Challenge 2020.

Please contact Ed Smith or Ian Hodkinson if you are interested (or use our contact page).

The Harriers challenge is open to all members of Stafford Harriers, it’s a bit of fun and adds a little interest to your race diary & maybe introduces you to some races that you may not normally try or heard of.

 

Provisional Info for Challenge 2020

 

 

 

Membership Fees 2020

Membership runs from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020

Over 70s – Free

Associate Members (non-runners) – Free

Juniors/Students – £20. All juniors and students will be registered with England Athletics.

Seniors Option 1 – £45. If you wish to be registered with England Athletics choose this option. You will need to be registered with England Athletics if you wish as a Stafford Harrier to enter races affiliated to England Athletics. This will include North Staffs cross country fixtures, Sutton Park relays, and the majority of road races.

Seniors Option 2 – £30. If you want to run with Stafford Harriers but do not intend to enter events affiliated to England Athletics choose this option. You will not be registered with England Athletics. If, however, at some point in 2020 you decide to enter an affiliated event you will either have to pay £15 to be registered with England Athletics or enter the event as an unattached runner and pay the appropriate levy. For some events, such as Parkruns, you do not need to be registered with England Athletics in order to compete.

All paid-up members of Stafford Harriers are covered by England Athletics insurance policy whether they are registered individually or not.

If you have any queries regarding any of the above please e-mail membership@staffordharriers.co.uk

 

Harriers Presentation Dinner and Disco

If you want to go we need to hear from you by 24th Jan

7:30 pm Friday 14th February 2020 we will be holding our presentation night. It will be held at the Chase Golf Club.

Tickets will be £28 per person and this is open to members and partners.

Please download an order form (food selection).

Please return these, along with payment to Lindsey Foster or via any committee member or session leader by 24th January.