Junior News 2011



The two runners voted on by the junior section for 2011 were Elisha Walker and George Wilcox. Well done and well deserved.




WHEATON ASTON Fun Run – 27 Dec 2011


Six Juniors took part in the Wheaton Aston fun run on the 27th of December and from the results they all did very good with Will Sammons finishing fourth, Elisha Walker fifth and fist girl, Hannah Talbot eighth, George Hodgkinson tenth, Jack Hodgkinson thirteenth and Ellie Baxter sixteenth.






Report from Frank Grant.


Girls Under 11s Isabelle Kelly 14th 10-36 Millie Stanyer 22nd 11-30

Girls Under 13s Elisha Walker in good form finishing 2nd 8-22, Hannah Talbot was 5th 9-07, Emma Underwood 21st 10-51, Amy Oliver 23rd 11=50 and Atlanta Dowd-Mackenzie 24th 12-28. The girls were 3rd team overall.

In the Girls under 15s Kayleigh Derry was 16th 15-66, Laura Taylor 19th 16-35.

Lauren Gee was 5th 30-45 in the under 17s girls.

In the boys races Under 11s, George Hodgkinson 19th 9-58 and Jake Oliver 24th 10-43 Under 13s Tom Sabin had a good run to finish 3rd in12-11 and Tom was 2nd Individual over four races.

Will Sammons was 14th 13-33 Joe Smith was 10th 22-12 in the under 15s and Nathan Sabin was 8thin 25-08 in the under 17s boys.


Happy New Year to you





At the Schools Inter Counties cross country match at Perry Park Birmingham on the 19th of November our 11 year old junior Elisha Walker took part representing Staffordshire schools in the girls under 13s or year 7 race. She lead the field from start to finish to win the race by 10 metres, there was 50 runners in the race and about 10 counties from all over England.

Well done Elisha you have put the Harriers on the map.





In the third North Staffs cross-country meeting on the Common on the 19th of November we had 15 juniors turn out.

In the girls races we had two in the under 11s with Isabelle Kelly 16th in 6-59 and Millie Stanyer 24th 7-32

In the under 13s Hannah Talbot put in a good run to finish 6th in 6-11, with Emma Underwood 14th 7-04, Amy Oliver 16th 7-15 and new member Atlanta Dowd-Mackenzie 18th 7-27.

Two runners in the under 15s Kerry Derry 17th 12-55 and Laura Taylor 22nd 13-55 and Lauren Gee was 7th in the girls under 17s in 19-40.

In the boys races we had in the under 11s an improving George Hodgkinson 11th in 6-31 and Jake Oliver 25th in 7-32 in the under 13s Tom Sabin ran a very good race to finish second in 10-33 and Will Sammons 13th in 11-34 in the under 15s a much improving Joe Smith was 14th in 16-27 and in under 17 boys another good run from Nathan Sabin 5th in18-23.





In the recent Stafford and district schools cross country at Stafford Grammar School, which was a qualifying race for the Staffordshire schools district finals at Stoke University on 5th Feb 2012 three of our juniors ran.

In year 7 girls Elisha Walker left the field standing to win the race by a good margin she was supported by Robyn Volk who came third.

Our other junior was Nathan Sabin in year 10 boys he came second.


At Rowley park on the 5th of November four of our junior girls ran in the schools cross country once again Elisha Walker kept up her good form to win the year 7 race with Hannah Talbot third and Atlanta Dowd-McKenzie who finished 39th in her very first cross country race.

Our other two girls Kayleigh Derry was 13th and Emma Underwood 18th in year 8 girls.


Frank Grant


Heres how the Stafford Newsletter reported it,


Published: 03/11/2011 10:45 – Updated: 03/11/2011 10:47


Elisha, 11, is star of show in district cross country


EIGHT titles were up for grabs as 220 runners challenged for honours at the annual Stafford and District Schools’ cross country championships at Stafford Grammar School.


The most outstanding display came from 11-year-old Stafford Harriers starlet, Elisha Walker running for Blessed William Howard.


She forged a lead of several hundred metres over her closest rivals to clinch the year seven girls’ crown, while also finishing the 1,800m course ahead of the top under-12 boys.


Walton High’s Jade Gibbons crossed second, with Robyn Vlok (Walton Priory Middle) in third place.



Frank Grant reports


In the first North Staffs cross country at Winsford we had 16 juniors turn out in the boys under 11s George Hodgkinson a new member running his first race finished 11th in9-22 and Jake Oliver also running cross country for the first time was 30th in 10-46, in the boys under 13s Tom Sabin was 7th in 13-11 Will Sammons was 19th in 13-45 we had one runner in boys undr 15s he was Joe Smith finished 17th in 19-55 and Nathan Sabin was 6th in the under 17s in 19-06. In the girls races in the under 11s Isabelle Kelly was 19th in 10-21 and Millie Stanyer 26th in 11-01, in the girls under 13s Elisha Walker was on form to finish 2nd in 8-20 Hannah talbot 8th in 8-56 Ellie baxter 15th in 9-40 Emma Underwood 22nd in 10-19 and Amy Oliver 24th in 10-30 in the under 15s Kayleigh Derry was 20th in 15-55 and Laura taylor 21st in 16-48 and in the under 17s girls Lauren Gee was10th in 23-45.In the second meetig at Park Hall we had again 16 juniors turn out in the boys undr 11s George Hodgkinson was 12th in 9-20 in the under 13s Tom Sabin was 5th in 9-05 Will Sammons 15th in 10-00 and Tom Bailey 25th in 11-06 no under 15s boys and in the under 17s Nathan Sabin was 6th in 20-08. In the girls under 11s Isabelle Kelly was 12th in 8-40 Millie Stanyer 24th in 9-56 in the under 13s Elisha Walker 4th in 8-42 Hannah Talbot 8th in 8-55 Ellie Baxter 13th in 9-43 Yazmin Choukri 16th in 9-50 Emma Underwood 17th in 9-51 and Elie Stanyer 24th in11-18, in the under 15s Ammie Stevens 19th in 11-36 and Laura Taylor 20th in 12-31 and in the under 17s Lauren Gee was 9th in 14-11.





Two of our juniors went down to the Bells to take part in the 3k ish Fun Run. It was over the first part of the main Bells course. Nathan Sabin romped home with a very comfortable run. Then as the next four runners entered the field it was always going to be a tight finish. However brother Tom found a final kick that saw off the much older opposition. A great one two for the Harriers. A great one two for the Sabin’s.




Elisha Walker represented the Harriers in this race in Macclesfield. Those who know Macclesfield will know it was not an easy course. Elisha finished in 2nd place overall and was first lady in 24-24. Well done.






One of the better Fun Runs on the local circuit attracted a very good turnout and decent quality field. Run over 2.25km the race starts by going around the field then up a hill into an housing estate then around the streets until arriving back in the main field. Our three young Harriers ran very well with Ellie Baxter coming in 3rd girl and 16th overall in a time of 10.34, Millie Stanyer 28th overall and Ellie Stanyer 29th. All three did say how much they enjoyed the run as you can see from the photo. Well done girls.





JCB 5 Fun Run

Great to see our junior section compete in this 2.2 mile fun run – well done to all who took part

Tom Sabin – 12.48 (2nd overall)Elisha Walker – 13.59 (8th overall)Hannah Talbot – 14.29 (12th overall)Joe Smith – 14.48 (15th overall)




Hi Pete Just to let you know that the winner of the Gnosall 5kish Fun Run was a very young and amazing Harrier Elisha Walker in a time of 19.51. WOW!Hannah Talbot was 2nd female in: 21.00 and Laura Taylor also from the Harriers finished in a great time of 24.45.Big thanks to you for putting the Gnosall Fun Run onto the Harrier front page.Big thanks to Chris Skellern for encouraging the young Harriers to come along.Big thanks to Lisa Percox and family for all their help.Big thanks to Mick for loaning me marker poles and start and finish signs etc. Many many thanks Steve Cartlidge







Although only four Harriers took part in this race they really let other clubs know we are about. On the day when the Senior mens team won the team prize then our young athletes made sure they were not to be ignored.


Nathan Sabin came home in second place but was 1st U16, Tom Sabin was 6th and 1st U12, Elisha Walker was 14th and 1st L12 and then our newest Harrier Callum Price was 16th. This was out of a field of 76. Well done to you all and lets hope we can get even more out in up and coming races.





Here are Callum, Tom, Nathan and Elisha after the Uttoxeter race





On a cold Sunday morning Elisha Walker ran in this fun run finishing in a very respectful 2nd place, she was 1st Female and won a signed book which was presented to Elisha by local author Catherine Cooper.


Twenty two Staffordshire Schools with 130+ runners from school years 5 and 6 took part in four cross country races. The first saw two Stafford Harriers Robyn Vlok and Millie Stanyer have an enjoyable run. (Sorry positions not known). The second race was held on 8th March at Pingle Slade, Cannock Chase, this was a short race seeing Elisha Walker complete the race in 3rd position, supported by Robyn Vlok and Millie Stanyer.The third race was held on 15th March at The Common Plot, Stone, this was a longer run which suited Elisha Walker who triumphed home in 1st place, again supported by Robyn and Millie.The final race was held on 22nd March at Nine Gates, Cannock Chase which saw Elisha Walker lead the field from the start, Elisha ran a fantastic race finishing in first place well ahead of the field. Well done to all Junior Harriers.


At last, dry conditions for today’s race, but cold, grass under foot with a few muddy parts thrown in just in case you had withdrawal symptoms from Alton Towers.
Course looked flat but incorporated some deceiving long climbs. Staffordshire under 15s boys took to their pen with Nathan in position 4, the start was fast and continued that way for most of the race. Nathan looked comfortable first lap round sitting middle of the field, the fast pace took its toll on the second lap, however he continued to the end and finished 5th for the team. Although he was disappointed he had a great experience running amongst the elite of this age group and we did get a quick glimpse of him on the telly.


report from Frank Grant


We had six juniors run in different races at the National Cross Country Championships at Alton Towers on Saturday the 19th of February. It was a proper cross country day with the weather rain at first then very damp and chilly with the ground very thick mud and very slippery but this did not put our youngsters off.

First to race was Nathan Sabin in the boys under 15s and as usual he had a very good run and finished 90th out of 326 finisher in a time of 18-57 beating some of his local rivals.

Next to run was the girls under 13s we had three runners and leading them home was Hannah Talbot running like if there was no mud to finish 215th in 17-13, Ellie Baxter was our next girl home 323rd in 19-03 a good performance as Ellie as not been to well since Christmas and Laura Taylor finished 335th in19-18 a good run started off nice and easy and made up a lot of ground there was 363 finishers in this race.

The last race for our juniors was the boys under 13s we had Tom Sabin and Joe Smith run in this one Tom finished 273rd in 11-10 and Joe 285th in 11-21 this was over a shortened course due to the conditions getting worse there were 327 finishers in that race.

Well done to these six juniors.


A Note From our Chairman- Pete Burns


I must commend our juniors for their efforts at the National Championships. I am a member of the ECCA Championship Committee who organised this years Championships and I was the Event Manager. I had been at Alton Towers from Wednesday to help setting the course, but then due to heavy rain and snow during Friday night the whole course changed.

As a committee we all agreed that due to these conditions this years course was the most challenging course that we could remember for many, many years. Some said it was the most difficult ever. There were times during the day when there was a chance of the event being abandoned. To be able to say that you took part in and completed the 2011 National Championships is something that you should all remember and be proud of. Well done all of you.


How muddy was it? Ask Joe and Tom


Here is Nathan Sabin avoiding the dry line at Alton Towers preferring the mud.

Any captions please to just what Ellie is thinking.


On a cold, wet and windy Sunday morning Elisha Walker did the Harriers proud,she came 2nd overall in a time of 13.28, winning the ‘First Lady Title’,as you can see by the photograph Elisha is very proud of her achievement.
Well done Elisha.


On a dreadful day for running five of our Junior Harriers bravely ran in the Staffs Schools Finals at Staffordshire University. All the races had high quality fields and our five Harriers competed extremely well. Ellie Baxter, Elisha Walker, Robyn Vlok (YR 7 Girls) Laura Taylor (Junior Girls) and Alex Mackay ( Yr 7 Boys) represented Stafford Schools against teams from the rest of the Staffordshire Schools area. Unfortunately the only results to hand are from the Yr 7 girls. Elisha Walker carried on her fine recent form to finish an amazing 6th, Ellie Baxter, who has been suffering with a long term chest infection came in a very good 10th and Robyn Vlok, her first run since November came 17th. I do know that Laura and Alex had really tough competition but really stuck to the task. Well done to them all

You can see from the state of the girls how bad the weather was.


Craig Baxter




Report from Frank Grant


We had 8 juniors turn out on the common on Saturday the 8th of January.

in the girls under 13s we had four runners and leading them home was Hannah Talbot finishing 10th in 12-28 Elisha Walker was 13th 12-48 Laura Taylor 25th 14-19 and Ellie Baxter also started the race but had to drop because of an injury.

Hannah Talbot run was good enough for her to be a reserve for the county and this was Hannahs and Elishas first race at U13s level as they ran in the U11s in the North Staffs and it was the first time that any of these juniors had run in the county championships. The girls were 5th team.

In the boys U13s Tom Sabin finished 13th 11-51 Joe Smith 23rd 12-32 and Tom Bailey 31st 13-52 this was the first championships for these boys.

in the U15s Nathan Sabin ran a superb race to finish 3rd in 13-28 gaining a bronze medal and a county vest.

Considering that these juniors had missed four weeks of training due to the bad weather they all did marvellous and I am proud to know each and everyone of them.








We had five of our juniors take part in these championships at Leamington on Saturday the 29th of January in three different races.

In the girls under 13s Elisha Walker had a very good run to finish 76th in 15-56, when you consider that she is just 11 years old and running in a race with girls nearly two years older a good performance in her first Midlands. Also running in her first Midlands was Laura Taylor 96th in 16-59, Laura has run well in her first season of cross country.

In the boys under 13s we had Tom Sabin and Joe Smith running the Midlands for the first time with Tom 84th 15-19 and Joe 93rd 16-00 both ran very good and in the under 15s boys Nathan Sabin kept up his good form to finish 30th in 16-08.

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