Join the Harriers....see the world
The Club usually arranges at least one overseas running party each year - each visit incorporating marathon / half / 10k races. In recent years members have visited Paris, Cyprus, Vancouver,
South Africa, Sri Lanka, Dublin, Cuba, Vietnam, Amsterdam, Lanzarote & Benidorm.
In 2008 one group of members re-visited the Dublin marathon and another group travelled all the way to Cuba for that country's major marathon race.
In 2009 Pete Sarson ran the Hong Kong marathon in early February and Pete Burns took a small contingent to Prague in March for the Half Marathon. In October Pete Sarson & Graham Williams
travelled into deepest Scotland to run the Aviemore Half marathon at the foot of the Cairngorms - great scenery and a brilliant course on hard paths - and mainly downhill !
In 2010 Harriers travelled to Prague, Vietnam and back to Aviemore in Scotland
2011 Harriers have already been to the Berlin Half Marathon in April.
In 2012 There were trips to Madrid and Aviemore.
2013 will see Harriers going to Lisbon and Aviemore again
LISBON HALF MARATHON
22 -26 March 2013
The Harriers are visiting Lisbon for their annual spring half marathon trip. They will be flying from Manchester on the Friday Morning, 22nd of March and returning to
Heathrow on Tuesday evening, 26th March. Thirty Three Harriers have signed up for the trip but there is still room for more.
Anyone interested the contact us via the website or ring Pete Burns.
Friday 11th October – Monday 14th October 2013
Stafford Harriers and Happy Days Coaches have made arrangements for a 4 day/3night visit to the Highlands of Scotland, which will include the Aviemore Highland Half Marathon and 10k races.
PRICE PER PERSON £159 ~ which includes 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; excursions as listed; Highland Entertainment; Single room supplement £30 - Children (in 3or 4 bed rooms)
PLEASE NOTE ALL COACH TRAVEL IS NON SMOKING
If you wish to join this tour, or require more details, or ring Bill Whitworth on 01785 602239 for more information.
Or download this booking form.
MADRID HALF MARATHON
Still awaiting report and full results. There appears to have been a lot of photos on facebook but for some reason they all appeared to be about activities other than
running. Just to let you know that there was some running done there are photos on the race reports page. Not all the runners were seen in the
13,000 that took part but here they all are before the start.
and here they are after the finish.
AVIEMORE TRIP 2012
Below are the details for this years trip to Aviemore. Contact Bill Whitworth for full details.
Berlin Half Marathon 3rd April 2011
BERLIN HALF MARATHON 3/4/11
Sunday 3rd April saw a party of 15 Harriers in Berlin for the 31st Berlin Half Marathon. It is said to be the fastest half marathon in the world and it is certainly the
flatest. This is probably why 28,000 runners started on the day. On a very warm and sunny morning our seven Harriers made their way to the line. A new training method had been tried by a couple of
them. The idea is to break a bone before running. Dave Preece managed on a Chase run to trip and do a double somersault with pike and break a rib. Meanwhile Chris Ross broke his little toe in a
bedroom related accident which we won't go into. This along with the bionic man Frank Evans they were never going to trouble the leaders.
You won't be suprised to find out that the winner was a Kenyan. He was Geoffrey Kipsang and he is the World Junior Cross Country Champion. He managed to
get round in 1-00-38 beating his fellow countryman Eluid Kiplagat by just 14 seconds. The first ten runners were under 1-02.
Our runners got round at a more sedate pace but all did very well in the heat and crowds of runners that were out there. Here are their times.
Please note that Sarah and Frank did not run together. In fact one finished half an hour before the other but because they started half an hour later the chip times put them together. I am not
allowed to say which was which.
The Magnificant Seven
Aviemore Half Marathon 2011
Below is a card received from Bill Crystal following the recent Avimore trip
So October 2010 saw the Harriers go on their fifth long haul running holiday. The only
difference with this one over the others was the fact that after the holiday was booked the race date was changed. This meant that they just had to go and enjoy a holiday without the hassle of a
marathon or half marathon. What a shame.
As it happened on arrival in Siagon there were adverts for the 11th Annual
Siagon fun run. So without fully knowing the details it was agreed that on the Sunday morning at 6.45am they would all run the big race. It was a big race. Over 7000 people each paid 100,000 Dong to
run 4K. That was £3.30. The start was of London Marathon proportions. Thousands of folks lining up in the City Zoo to set off round the streets of Siagon.
We were not expecting a lot as the main organiser was wearing a Stoke City shirt but as it
happened everything went smoothly. Chris Ross was the first Harrier home and as he finished some runners were just starting. Even Frank Evans and Pete Burns came in the top third of the race. Then
there were drinks, cakes, curries, fruit in fact anything you needed was there. We all got back to the hotel before 8am for breakfast.
Vietnam is a fascinating country and for the next two weeks the group toured around seeing
the sights. From Siagon they toured the Meekon Delta and visited the Chu Chi Tunnels and the war museums. Then on to Na Trang for the beach and swimming in the South China Sea. Then the World
Heritage site of Ha Long Bay one of natures wonders of the world. Finally Hanoi an amazing city with 8 million people and 5 million motor scooters. I am sure we saw them all.
Harriers Team sponsored by Tiger Beer
VIETNAM 4 K FUN RUN
3 October 2010
It should have been a Half Marathon, but the organisers changed the date of that race after we'd booked the trip !!
After a 25 hour journey and two flights we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. We found a 4k fun run on the next day Sunday.
Getting up at 5.15 we walked to the start which was at the local zoo starting at 6.45. Entry fee was 100,000 Dong, just over £3. There was a live stage with music and dancers and a warm up routine.
There were a lot of freebies including iced coffee, curry and noodles. The race started on time with seven thousand runners and walkers. We had to negotiate prams and pushchairs and lots of small
children. The course was a loop on main streets and we had to stop several times to let hordes of scooters through. It was very humid and we were wet before we started. As we reached the finishing
straight people were still walking from the start.
First home was Chris Ross followed by Dave Preece, Graham Williams, Jill Ross, Tony Baker, Frank Evans and Pete Burns. There were lots of free drinks and food at the end and we stocked up on rolls
for lunch. Although we were all tired from the journey everybody enjoyed it and the ladies came to support us. It was the 11th race organised by the British Business Group Vietnam.
We are resting today and doing the Mekong Delta tomorrow followed by the tunnels and City Tour the next day.
A number of Harriers nervously waiting with 7000 others for the start of the big race
AVIEMORE HALF MARATHON - 17 Ocober 2010
‘ A spectacular scenic course on road and excellent forest tracks set in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains, around breathtaking Loch Morlich, through stunning
Glenmore Forest Park and Rothiemurchus Estate, across the River Spey and finishing in the new Aviemore Highland Resort ’
And it's downhill, not uphill !
Nearly 1000 runners took part in the 5th running of this event, under pleasant conditions and on a scenic course that was mainly downhill but featuring a steady climb from the 3.5 miles to 4.5 miles
Peter Sarson was the first Harrier home in a time of 1:29:06 - also the 1st "Vintage" (MV60+) class runner and setting the age group course record (since it was the first time this course had ben
Twenty-three runners from Stafford Harriers and other local clubs who had joined the coach trip - organised by Bill Whitworth and driven by George Singh - ran in the Half and two others ran in the
associated 10k race.
||City of Stoke
||South Cheshire Harriers
||Cannock Chase Harriers
||Cannock Chase Harriers
Gael Earp of South Cheshire Harriers ran the 10k race, finishing in 258th position in 59mins and Andrew Carter of Stafford Harriers finished in 324th position in 64mins
Stafford Harriers and Happy Days Coaches made the arrangements for a four day visit to the Highlands of Scotland to allow us to run the races.
It was a really enjoyable trip and great value at only £144 each (which included 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast, excursions on Saturday and Sunday, Highland entertainment on Friday and Sunday
nights, packed lunch on Sunday and a special memento mug). On the journey north we visited Gretna Green (where we could only dream "what might have been") and on Saturday we visited Inverness and a
local mill before a quick visit to Culloden Moor Battlefield, then on to race registration.
Edinburgh Marathon 2010
23 May 2010
Report from Bec Bostock
So the question is what do you do when the weather is 26 degrees? Do you a) sit in the garden chilling with a nice cold drink, b) sit in the garden chilling with a nice cold drink or c) run 26.2
miles along the coast in Edinburgh!! and myself and a few other mad harriers choose c!!!!. On the morning of the marathon we woke up to light drizzle and overcast which is what the weatherman
forecasted, at the start of the marathon it was overcast – within 10 minutes of starting the weather changed completely and the sun burnt through and it was hot. I think most runners where
happy till about 18 miles and then the heat and conditions really hit. The last 6 miles for me was a run/walk as by then it was about 2pm and it was so hot, added to the heat you run along the
coast so I felt the heat intensified due to the reflection of the sea – and there was no sea breeze. There were lots of poorly folk on the side of the road all looking in a very bad way, the
marathon organiser put on extra water stations and the people of Prestonpans spent the day soaking runners with their garden hoses, which was very welcome. My time was way out due to the heat
but I finished and am in one piece today which is all that counts for me. I had a great weekend in Edinburgh with Jackie Allen, Sally Burns and Sarah Johnson and Sarah and Jackie popped their
marathon cherry. I would always recommend Edinburgh as it is a great marathon course - but maybe not when the weather is 26 degrees!
Can’t find the full results at the moment for everyone who ran but from the back it looked like Ed and Graham were running strong – didn’t see anyone else out on the course.
Report from Liz Stanyer
On the hottest weekend of the year, 12 ( I think ) Harriers travelled north of the border to Edinburgh for the marathon. Saturday was a blisteringly hot day and we got quite worked up about how we
were going to cope running 26 miles in those conditions when we had struggled to walk up the bank from the train station!
Sunday morning was grey, overcast, cool and slightly drizzly. We got quite excited at what seemed to be perfect conditions. However about 10mins before the 10am start the clouds started to
disappear and then the sun broke through and remained blazing for the entire race. There is absolutely no shade to be found around the whole course, which takes you downhill out of Edinburgh and out
to the coast for a long section along the promenade. The sea wasn't even kind enough to give off a breeze. We then headed out to Mussleborough along coastal lanes and to the section where you
meet the elite/faster runners heading back towards the finish. There were two sections where you beared left for a long loop off the main coastal road. I found this the hardest part of all, as
mentally, I wanted to just keep going straight on and these sections appeared to go on forever. The second loop took you slightly uphill around dusty farmland and the heat at this point was quite
savage.We then hit 18 miles where you turn around and you finally feel like you are heading home! Back along the coastal route passing many casualties as a result of the weather and
two mad men who were pulling tractor tyres.
The finish was at Mussleborough race course where the support from the crowds was deafening.
The course was really flat, lots of variety and some of the scenery along the coast was lovely. It was just too hot! The local support was fantastic with families dishing out a much needed
soaking with hosepipes and water pistols. The staff at a garage even used a jet wash on the runners, but it was a little fierce on the face! The water and lucozade stations were plentiful and the
overall organisation was excellent. Our only grumble was the painful hour long walk ( or shuffle in our case ) to the shuttle buses that took you back to the city.
For a few of us this was our first marathon experience,and it was a shame to tackle such an event in such unforgiving temperatures.
However I would definitely recommend this as a marathon weekend to anyone, as Edinburgh is a fantastic city, and it really is a flat course.
Did I mention that it was hot?!!
1st male finisher was Steve Littler in 02:26:30
1st female finisher was Sarah Gee in 02:38:14 (I have rechecked that result as seems quite incredible)
1st Harrier home was Kirsty Stephenson in 3hrs 38:21 - finishing in 1203rd place from the 9459 finishers.
Report from Craig Baxter
Wow, what a first marathon. Promised by the weatherman to be an overcast day, Sunday looked like being perfect conditions. This was so when I first woke up and even on the start line,
then within ten minutes of starting the clouds completely vanished and suddenly we were left with very uncomfortable running conditions.
The half way mark was just as I had planned, around the two hour mark with no problems. Just after this my arm was starting to burn so I had to spend a few minutes in the first aid shelter to
receive treatment on a badly sunburned arm. I never really settled into a decent pace after this and my biggest fear started to happen, my troublesome heel, that stopped me from training in the
previous four weeks, was starting to become unbearable. I carry on to the end, trying my best to run but this was almost impossible, but I managed to put on a spurt for the finishing straight
,on the race course, finishing with a disappointing time of 4.51, but this has made me more determined to extend my marathon career.
I would highly recommend the Edinburgh Marathon and a special mention goes out to the supporters around the course and in particular the villagers of Prestonpans, who with hosepipes in hand kept us
cool on a very trying day. What a great experience and exceptional weekend with great company and the odd pint of Deuchars IPA.