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GOING FOR A BURTON
Why not join fellow Harriers in a relay along canal towpaths from Stafford to Burton – on Saturday 6th July. This fun event - for runners of
all abilities – follows the successful inaugural running, last June, of our Olympic Relay when six clubs in the Staffordshire Athletics Network paused [for breath and a beer] at Branston Water Park
before running in together to Shobnall Playing Fields to support the Network’s Junior Games. Participants will run with runners of similar ability and complete as many stages – ranging from about 2
to 6 miles – as they wish. Last year many runners made their own arrangements to transfer between stages. Some took advantage of a shuttle van provided by the club and although our regular driver is
unavailable this year we will still try to make this facility available if there is sufficient demand.
There is an entry fee of £4 per runner, the proceeds going to help sustain the Network and the various activities it organises for club runners and
The Relay may be of particular interest to Harriers not wishing to run the full 13.1 miles of the Black Country Half Marathon on the same day. Interested
runners should contact either John Finney [firstname.lastname@example.org] or James Thorpe [email@example.com] indicating their normal running pace [in minute/miles], the [rough] length [and number]
of stages they wish to run, whether they wish to run early on or later in the day……..the Relay will start at 8amish and arrive at Burton by 1300/1330 hours. Runners should also let us know whether
they ideally require transfer transport. We will also need personal contact details. Thereafter participants will be circulated with full details of the various stages to be run, who will be running
which and with whom etc.
John Finney/James Thorpe.
As raised in the article this clashes with the Black Country Half Marathon (Harriers Charity Run)
The Olympic Relay
Saturday 23rd June 2012
What a super event this was. It was great to meet up with and run with members of other clubs along the canal to Burton. Here is a photo of the gang before they set off holding the Olympic
For more photos go to the race reports page.
There was a blue drinks bottle left on the van at the end. Pete Burns has it.
Just in case people didn't see the Olympic Torch in Stafford. If Harriers have any photos to add to this record of the day then send them in.
NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THIS
Who was the Olympian who won a Bronze Medal in Athens, is competeing in their sixth Olympics in
London and trained with the Harriers two years ago.
This is yet another snippet of information from John Finney our club historian which will be appearing in the book on the club's history.
Alison Williamson Olympic Archer
NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW
Not a lot of people know this. 2012 is the centenary of a Stafford Harriers forerunner club the Stafford and District Harriers. The club were formed in 1912 and met
at an old pub in Martin Street called the Old Blue Posts which has long since been demolished. The club itself sank like the Titanic which is rather appropriate this Centenary year.
These facts and many others will be coming out in a book soon that is being written by our club Historian John Finney. It should make interesting
I am updating the performance sheets.
Please can you check that I have your PB's correct?
Please remember we report pb's achieved whilest you're a member.
Please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Colin Mitchell
NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES
Some of you may notice that we have new email address:-
This replaces our old hotmail account (don't worry all emails are being forwarded to the new address)
We also have a new email address for all questions about our kit
SPONSORS FOR STAFFORD HARRIERS
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that for this year we have sponsors for the Staffs Knot and Shugborough Relays. Ramsay Health Care at Rowley Hall Hospital are our official sponsors
this year and will help out with both of the races that we organise during the year. As well as sponsoring both races there will be massage session at the end of both races with physio’s from Ramsay
This sponsorship has helped in saving the Staffs Knot Five Miler and also allowed us to move forward with the ever popular Shugborough Relays being chip timed this year.
I would like to thank my friends in the Harriers for the collection they had for my 70th birthday. I am going to buy some new running shoes ( to make me run faster) !! and a new
razor (to make me look younger) Ha Ha and now I am 70 I am thinking of going tee-total! Thanks once again Frank.
Please say a big thank you to all those that contributed towards Movember. We raised £236 as a team which is a great contribution, however, I think others raised their own sums also. The point of
Movember is to raise awareness not just money so a big thank you to those that took part and grew moustaches and those that actually contributed sponsorship
Also a report from the NSRRA awards eveing is on the social page Harriers winning for running and drinking again !!
WELCOME TO OUR LATEST HARRIER
Congratulations are in order for the latest edition to the Harrier Juniors. Isla Nichol was born on Friday 23rd to Caroline and George Nichol. Apparently all went well and Isla arrived at a
healthy 8lb 2oz. Caroline is fine and is hoping to be home for Christmas.
We all send our best wishes and ere is a photo as promised.
This was a very successful evening with around a hundred Harriers, families and friends rocking around the Christmas Trees. In the London Marathon draw, for our four
places, we had a record 22 Harriers rejection slips in the bag. One of our juniors Amy Oliver started the draw off and the 'winners' were.
Running Number 24136 Craig Baxter
24137 Mark Bentley
24138 Lisa Percox
24139 Tim Hough
Then four reserves were drawn and they were
2nd Dave Cook
3rd Chris Ross
4th Jill Ross.
A big thank you to Craig Baxter for organising such a great evening and of course to Jackie Grant for another of her famous spreads.
NORTH STAFFS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE
On Saturday the Harriers took part in the last North Staffs League race of the season. We are still waiting for the results but we can confirm that the ladies gained promotion to the first
division with a great team effort on the last day. The men missed out on promotion but were told they had finished third. However a later check of the results showed that we had in fact finished
The one down side of the day was that our cross-country stalwart Sara Broome slipped and fell and fractured her ankle out on the course. In typical Sara fashion as she lay in the mud waiting to be
stretchered off she was joking and continued to encourage the men’s team as the ran. All the Harriers hope that she makes a speedy recovery and that we see her back on the line next season. We will
keep you posted on her progress.
Now this is what we call a true Harrier through and through.
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Entries are now being taken for the Cross Country Championships for both the Midlands and Nationals. This year the Midland Championships are taking place at Woolaton Park
Nottingham on 28/1/12 and the Nationals are at Parliament Hill in London on 25/2/12.
The club do pay the entry fees for both these races but because the fees are per person we do ask that you enter only if you are going to run. If you enter and then fail
to run we will ask that you reimburse the fees.
For the Nationals there already about 10 Harriers that are planning to go down on the morning of the race and then stay over night in London and come back on the Sunday.
There is a problem arranging this at the moment as the costs of hotels that weekend have soared. We are still looking.
GREENHALL SCHOOL (Harriers Charity)
Greenhall Special School have invited any members from Stafford Harriers to their Children Christmas Performance on 7th December 2011
Pre-performance refreshments will be served at 0945am and performance starts at 1030, the play last approx one hour
If any one is able to go please ring me (George Singh) on 07973922836 or Office hours) 01785-229797 or e-mail me on email@example.com or ring the school direct on 01785-246159 or
e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 26th November, Bill Whitworth, Graham and Sue Williams plus myself, visited the Oak Tree Farm Project near Hilderstone
to formally hand over the money we raised from this year’s Charity Run. A total of £528.75 was raised this year, comprising £378.75 raised online (including Gift Aid), plus a
cheque for £100 from patrons of the County Staff Club, courtesy of Bill Whitworth,and a cheque for £50 from Graham Williams.
The money raised online is released in increments from Bmycharity and the Project has already received some of this. The cheques were
gratefully received by David Moreton, General Manager of the Project. The tea-room for which we were raising funds, has now been completed, and it was in there that Bill, Graham, Sue and myself spent
a convivial hour or so in the company of David and five of the Trustees.
We were served tea and coffee by one the people the project sets out to help- a ‘Team Member’ in Project parlance. The Project sees all of the
people it helps as one big team. The gentleman serving us certainly enjoyed his role working in the tea-room judging by the beaming smile on his face. We also saw some of the prize chickens the
Project is breeding.
If you fancy visiting it, the opening times are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes are all available. You may
also like to try the Farm Produce shop, which is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm and sells pottery, terracotta flower pots, seasonal produce and craft produce all produced on the farm . Just
tell the staff you’re a Stafford Harrier-you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome.
WARNING -- ONE MAN AND HIS DOG
Judith Colman would like to warn other Harriers particularly ladies about one rather unpleasant character she has come across whilst running on Cannock
On a number of occasions on a Sunday morning, between the Glacial Boulder and Katyn Memorial, she has suffered a tirade of vile abuse from a man walking with his dog. It has been around 9 to 9.30
am. He is described as in his sixties with longish grey hair and fairly smartly dressed. Whether he would be so inclined, or brave enough, to carry out this abuse if there were more than one running,
or if it was a lone male runner is debateable, but you just need to be aware.
We have also had this plea for people to become officials
ENDURANCE OFFICIALS COURSES
Dear Club Secretary,
The West Midlands region of England Athletics is prepared to deliver Endurance Officials courses at any level and irrespective of numbers involved. As a county we need
more officials. Without qualified officials there is every likelihood that events could be cancelled – be it road, country or track and field. An Endurance Officials qualification, even at basic
level, is an ideal entry to officiating. Anyone who is interested should initially contact the County Officials Secretary, Pat Lockley, via e-mail:
LONDON MARATHON 2012
It will soon be the dreaded time when the London Marathon rejection slips start coming through the letterbox.
Just a reminder to all Harriers that we have now received our clubs Four places for the race.
For newer Harriers who may not know about these places, the club is allocated places depending on the size of
the club. These places are always drawn for at the Christmas Disco.
The criteria to enter this years draw is that you have been a member of the Hariers since April 2011 and did get rejected in the London
2012 draw. Just give your rejection slip to Pete Burns or any other committee member to give it to him and you will be in the draw.
Steve & Esther
Congratulations to Steve and Esther who got married at Baswich on Saturday. The reception was at Stafford Rangers and they made the mistake of inviting some some Harriers
to the evening do. They have now had to leave the country and are on their way to a secret hide out in the Dominican Rebublic.
Here is a picture of the happy couple. We now have to look out for Esther Batho in race results if they do in fact return.
SPORTS INJURY PRESENTATION
On Tuesday, 13th September we had a visit from Mr Robin Rees a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in Foot and Ankle injuries. Mr Mark Price a consultant podiatrists and also a
Physiotherapist discussing the new Shockwave Therapy.
There were also presentations by Podiatrist Louise Smith-Williams and Physiotherapist Anthony Meehan.
There were over forty in attendance for what was a very informative evening. Subjects covered were various foot, ankle and lower leg injuries and the treatment and prevention of them. Correct
footwear and then an in depth look, (and I mean in depth), at surgical procedures.
It was a measure of how successful the evening was that the informal consultations and treatments that were on offer by all of the speakers after the talk went on until just after 10.30pm.
We owe a big thank you, to all the Rowley Hall Staff who made it such a successful night.
St Leonard's Sports and Social Club
Recently there was an EGM at the club to discuss the financial situation at the club. Not to go into too finer detail the outcome is that fewer and fewer people are using the social club and it a
cause for concern for the future of the club.
I am aware that some Harriers don’t know about the bar facilities at the club. So I would like to remind all Harriers that on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s all of you are able to use the bar after
At one time the majority of those that trained would pop in for a quick drink and a chat about the training, injuries, up and coming races, the price of bananas or what ever. It is a great
way to meet socially and it also helps to break the ice for new members.
So why not give it a try?
Friday 16th September
After many years we have managed to recreate one of the best social events in Harriers history. A Barn Dance. The last time it happened it sold out completely and was one
of the most talked about evenings of the time. It was also, as a training sessions went, as good as any good speed session.
With a great band (The Cat's Whiskers) and with an excellent caller no one need worry about not
knowing what to do. It is open to all Harriers and their family and friends. It will be at the St Leonards Social club on Friday 16th September (no race next day) and tickets are now on sale.
They are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors including a buffet.
See Craig Baxter or any committee member for tickets, they are already going well so it should be another sellout.
So come on and let your hair down at the Ho Down. Yeeeeeee Hah!!!!
RACE FOR LIFE
Email from Helen Wright
Please pass on my thanks to all of the Harriers who came along and took part in the Stafford race for life event last night. It was very emotional dedicating the event to Claire but also very
successful and the turnout was great.
I really couldn’t have delivered the event without the support of the Harriers marshalling and I am very grateful.
I hope to see you all next year.
Helen Wright - Area Events Manager, Cancer Research UK
GNOSALL FUN RUN
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
Wednesday 22nd June
Another great event with record entries and finishers. The timings have taken a little time to work out as they are done manually so they are still at the moment provisional. Any mistakes or
problems please let us know.
A big thank you to all that helped out on the evening and to those who helped to get the course cleared.
Here they are:-
RACE FOR LIFE
Tuesday 12th July
County Showground Stafford.
As you will be aware this race was one that Clare Skelton was going to run. I know that there are a number of Ladies from the Harriers running the race and we asked if we
could also supply marshalls for the evening. The organisers have got back and said they would be happy for us to help out. They need to know how many we can supply. So could you either contact us
through the website or tell someone to get your name on the list at the club as soon as possible.
HARRIERS CHARITY RUN
Saturday 2nd July
This year’s Charity Run is the Birmingham Black Country Half-Marathon once again. It’s also in this year’s Challenge so there are useful points to be had, along with the fact you’re doing
something worthwhile for those less fortunate than yourselves. Once again we are raising funds for Oak Tree Farm Rural Project at Hilderstone, in order to build a tea-room for visitors there.
The tea-room will be a valuable source of revenue for the Project, which helps adults with learning difficulties. Last year 20 Harriers ran and we raised over £620 for the Project.
The run starts at the British Waterways Canal Dock, Wolverhampton (a 5 minute walk from the railway station) at 9am and finishes at Brindley Place, Birmingham (by the National Indoor Arena). You
are set off in groups according to your ability. Your baggage is labelled with your race number and sent by van to Birmingham, where you pick it up again at the finish.
The best way to travel to and from this event is by train, the return fare from Stafford to Birmingham New Street is £9.10 (Remember to get off at Wolverhampton on the outward
To arrive in plenty of time for the start, I suggest we take the 08:03 Cross-Country Trains service from Stafford, arriving at Wolverhampton at 08:17.
After the race, we can have drinks at the Pitcher & Piano bar in Brindley Place before moving on to sample the many pubs and restaurants the Broad Street/Gas Street Basin area has to
For those wishing to get back to Stafford reasonably early in the evening, may I suggest the 17:36 London Midland service from Birmingham New Street as the return journey, arriving at Stafford at
18:09. Those Harriers who have done the race before have thoroughly enjoyed the day out, and would be keen to do it again.
You can enter the race online via the Runner’s World website, or via post (there are entry forms in the file).
One last thing...
Please remember this is a Charity Run and we are running for a reason, so any donation, however small, would be appreciated.
You can donate online via the following link www.bmycharity.com/staffordharriers . Remember, if you Gift Aid your donation we raise
an extra 28% on each donation, so everyone’s a winner.
Also you can forward any monies raised to me- I will then donate them via the above link (with Gift Aid)
A link to the entry form is on our Race Calendar Page.
Clare's funeral took place 11.30am on Friday 3rd June at St Thomas' Church, Walton on the Hill.
A message from Clare's family.
The family would like to gives thanks for the kindness and support that they have received and has been given to Clare during this
Donations will be gratefully received and split between Cancer Reserch UK and Katherine House Hospice.
Alternatively, Clare would have been delighted to receive donations through her 'Race for Life' sponsor page.
For those of you who have not visited her web page CLICK
I know many of our Ladies Harriers will be running the Race for Life and we are trying through Clare's family to contact the organisers to see if we can also help out as marshalls. We will keep