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Northern Road Relays

- 19th Sep 2017

Congratulations to all the Stockport Harriers' teams who competed at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships on Saturday at SportCity Manchester.

We had a great turnout with ten teams taking part. Under 13 Girls, (19th out of 46) Under 13 Boys, (33rd out of 42), Under 15 Girls (2 teams, 4th and 15th out of 36), Under 15 Boys, (34th out of 43) Under 17 Men, (31st out of 32) Senior Women (2 teams, 10th and 36th out of 66) and Senior Men (12th out of 102).

A special mention must go to Jack Morris who ran the fastest leg overall in the senior men's race.

Well done to everyone who wore a Stockport Harriers' vest on Saturday, you're a credit to the club.

Special mention to parents and helpers, who helped out at the junior races and stayed on to support the senior teams


Membership Secretary vacancy

17th Sep 2017

Membership Secretary Role will be available should anyone wish to seek election at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in November.

A community club is nothing without its members. That’s why this role is so important and particularly important to Stockport Harriers with a large, growing number of members. You’ll not only manage existing memberships, but actively encourage new ones and deal first hand with the members themselves. This is an exciting opportunity for an existing or new club member.

We look forward to welcoming a new face to the management committee at Stockport Harriers.

Please see attached leaflet for further information or contact Mike Frost, Club Chair via mikefrost [at] skathletics [dot] co [dot] uk


Woodbank Park car park entrance closure

16th Sep 2017

The entrance to the main Woodbank Park car park will be closed for 5 weeks from 18th September.

Access to the car park will be via Park Lane for the duration of work on Edwin Street (the road past the Community Centre).

This will obviously cause chaos so please be very considerate for the Park Lane residents.


Saturday open endurance group sessions

15th Sep 2017

Starting Saturday 23rd September

Saturdays 8.45am for 9am start

Meet at the Clubhouse. £1 training fee.

Wear off-road, XC or fell shoes.

Open to All SHAC Athletes from under-13 upwards

Coaches & Athletes from all Groups are encouraged to come along.

Sessions will involve:

  • Warm Up
  • Movement Drills
  • Main Running Session
  • Cool Down & Debrief

Any questions, please email jfrost [dot] stockportharriers [at] gmail [dot] com

About the Sessions:

The session has been set up to create an environment where SHAC Athletes and Coaches can work, learn and develop together, regardless of which Group you coach or train in regularly.

Based on training for the 2017-18 Cross Country season and preparing Athletes for this, the sessions will be led by Senior Club Coach and former England Regional Endurance Mentor Dave Turnbull and National Coach Development Programme Mentees Mike and Pete Nixon but Coaches from all Groups with an interest in Cross Country are encouraged to come along, bring Athletes and get involved.

The sessions will also be supported by Team New Balance Manchester and Coach and former multiple winner of the National Cross, Steve Vernon, with Elite Athletes coming to support occasional sessions. If successful we will also look to deliver a programme of talks on supporting topics such as nutrition, recovery,preparing for competition, etc, with both Club and external speakers invited along.

As a Club we can all benefit from working closer together and we hope to see many Athletes and Coaches in attendance.


Four English junior championship medals for Stockport

- 7th Sep 2017
Abigail Pawlett (75m hurdles), Emily Misantoni (800 metres), Katie Waterworth (l

Abigail Pawlett (75m hurdles), Emily Misantoni (800 metres), Katie Waterworth (long jump), Abigail Pawlett (100 metres).

How are the mighty fallen: It was most unfortunate for junior Harrier Emily Misantoni who has coasted through every competition presented to her throughout the summer season at 800 metres to suffer a trip in the top race of the year at Bedford being the English junior track and field championships.

However, the Stockport athlete was made of sterner stuff than many a competitor who would have folded and she picked herself up, dusted herself down and chased the pack and overtook them again but unfortunately the trauma of a fall at 800 metres takes for a lot of determination and in the end she made the finish line in third spot which still got her onto the medal rostrum in a greatly respectable time of 2:16.

However no such unfortunate problems for club colleague Abigail Pawlett who's sprinting and hurdling exploits continue to impress and she secured the gold championship medal for the 100 metres sprint in a time of 12:04 at the Bedford stadium and then went in the sprint hurdles event the next day to record a runner's up spot with a huge personal best of 11:08 and missed out on the win by just 1/100ths of a second.

Katie Waterworth went in the under 17's long jump competition to record a useful third spot (5:55) and just managed to edge out fellow competitor and national indoor champion Pippa Earley of Kingston A.C. from the medals table by a mere one centimetre whilst a considerable distance from Bedford, Stockport's Amy Battle competed in the under 15 girls' pentathlon at the Yorkshire combined events championships to record a useful second overall finish and made it a personal best in the long jump discipline with a huge leap of faith to record 4.75 metres.

The local trail running season wrapped up with the third of the Bramhall runners Happy Valley food bank 5 kilometre events and team Stockport did not disappoint and took the first three male places consisting of George Cooke who subbed 20 minutes by just one second (19:59), Paul Brooks took the silver medal in 20:37 and first veteran's spot and Ian Murdoch completed the overall winning trio in a time of 20;59 and additionally was the second veteran to finish.

Stockport Ladies were to the fore as well with Ruth Sinclair taking off at a rate of knots from the Ladybrook public house to record a ninth overall position in 22:15 and followed in by Faye Jasmine Waterhouse who finished 18th in 23:36 which secured the first and second ladies' finishes for Stockport Harriers.


Complete beginners' course

- 5th Sep 2017

Our next beginners' course starts on Tuesday, 19th September. This course is suitable for people who have no running experience and we start with more walking than running but gradually evolve into more running than walking until by week 8 we are running for thirty minutes continuously.

The course is fully supported by an England Athletics Level 2 Coach.

We will meet outside The Community Centre, Turncroft Lane, Stockport SK1 4BN on Tuesday, 19th September at 7.00pm. Cost for the full 8 week course is £24.

Please contact me if you have any queries.


Winter Race Series

- 4th Sep 2017

Please find attached details of a Winter Race Series for all senior members of Stockport Harriers.

My main reason for organising this series is to encourage as many members as possible to take part in the Manchester Area Cross Country League and this series has been incorporated into other (mainly) local races between October and March to enable the series to be as competitive as possible.

Any queries please contact me. 


Senior women’s road relay and cross country championship entries

- 25th Aug 2017

If you are interested in taking part in any of the events detailed below please let me know and I'll forward further details and compile a list. Please note that you must be a member of the club and be registered with England Athletics.

Any queries, please contact me. 

Road Relays

North West Counties

Blackpool, Saturday, 9th September
Entry deadline 31st August.

Northern

East Lands, Manchester, Saturday, 16th September
Entry deadline 5th September

National

Sutton Park, Birmingham, Saturday, 7th October

Northern 6/12 Stage

Blackpool, Saturday, 25th March 2018

National 6/12 Stage

Sutton Park, Birmingham, 14th April 2018

Cross Country Relays

Northern

Graves Park, Sheffield, Saturday, 21st October
Entry closing date 13th October

Masters

Long Eaton, Nottingham, Saturday, 28th October
Entry closing date 13th October

National

Berry Hill, Mansfield, Saturday, 4th November

Cross Country Championships

Greater Manchester

Heaton Park, Manchester, 7th January 2018

Northern

Harewood House, Leeds, Saturday, 27th January 2018

National

Long Eaton, Nottingham, Saturday, 26th February 2018
Entry closing date approx 30th December


Manchester Area Cross Country League entries

17th Aug 2017

Entries for the 2017/8 Manchester Area Cross Country League need to go to Kevan Garner (men) or Alexis Dinsmoor (ladies).

Any members who competed last season’s League will be automatically entered for this season.

All members will need to have paid their England Athletics registration fee.

League dates/venues:

Saturday 14th October 2017
Heaton Park, Manchester

Saturday 11th November 2017
Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester

Saturday 2rd December 2017
University Playing Fields, Wythenshawe

Saturday 13th January 2018
Woodbank Park, Stockport

Saturday 10th February 2018
Wythenshawe Park, Manchester

Entries for the University Cross Country Relays on the 28th October need to go to Kevan/Alexis as well.