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Manchester Area Cross Country League

- 17th Sep 2019

Senior women and men

The first race takes place at Wythenshawe Park on Saturday 12th October, please check out the MACCL website for full details of that race and the other four races in the series.

If you raced in the MACCL last year no need to register for this year, if it's your first time please contact Alexis Dinsmor for senior women and Kevan Garner for senior men.

You must be a fully paid up member of Stockport Harriers and be registered with English Athletics to compete.

We'll have the SHAC gazebo and banner at every race, and I'm sure there will be lots of homemade cakes and hot drinks available.

These are great events, please arrive in plenty of time to support our fantastic juniors in their races as many of them stay to cheer on the seniors.

Northern Road Relay Championships

- 16th Sep 2019

Thank you to everyone who raced last Saturday, it was great to see such a great turn out from Stockport Harriers.

We were the only club to have five women's teams competing, which shows just how many dedicated athletes we have at our great club.

Many thanks to Rebecca Knowles for handing out the numbers for me, much appreciated.

Looking forward to having lots of teams at the Manchester University relays on Saturday, 26th October, another great local event. Distance only 3.1k for each leg.

Contact either Alexis Dinsmor for the women or Kevan Garner for the men if you're available take part.

Family relays

- 9th Sep 2019
Family relays

This week Stockport Harriers opened their doors to club members, family and friends to a friendly relay event.

Based at Woodbank park, children challenged their parents to a 4x100 metre relay.

With an obvious leap between child and parent, height and strength did not seem to affect the race at all.

It turns out our star junior athletes, with their petite and powerful strides, evidently ran circles around their parents, giving the juniors a well-deserved and confident win.

What a brilliant way to send off the outdoor athletics season!

University of Manchester Cross-country Relays

- 5th Sep 2019

Saturday, 26th October, Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe.

Distance 3.1k.

Last year we had seven women's teams at this great local event.

If any women want to take part this year please contact me.

You must be a paid up member of Stockport Harriers and registered with England Athletics. 

Couch to 5K course

- 3rd Sep 2019

The next Couch to 5K course starts on Monday, 23rd September, meeting at 7.00pm outside the Community Centre which is at the entrance to the main Woodbank car park.

This course is suitable for people of all ages with no running experience and starts with more walking than running, gradually building up, over eight weeks, to running for 30 minutes continuously.

Fully supported by England Athletics' coaches and under the auspices of Stockport Harriers.

Cost is £24 for the full eight week course.

For further information please contact Alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com

Stephen Wild

26th Aug 2019

Former Director of the Club, Stephen Wild died in St Annes Hospice on 20th August after an extended illness. The funeral will take place at the Macclesfield Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd September at 10.40. St Annes Hospice has been designated for any donations. They can be made on the day at the funeral or handed in at the shop at the track on a Club night.

There will be a gathering at Disley Golf Club after the service.

The Committee and Directors of Stockport Harriers & AC extend their sympathy to Mel and Evie.

Life Leisure Offerton 5

- 5th Jul 2019
Andrew Lamont (136), powering past SHAC’s Steve Crook and Salford’s Mark Collier

Andrew Lamont (136), powering past SHAC’s Steve Crook and Salford’s Mark Collier © Anthony Naulty

For years, one of the summer highlight’s in the Greater Manchester area was Stockport Harriers & AC mid-week, evening Offerton 10k road race. Falling participation in the past few years led to a rethink and this year, the road 10k was transformed into a new event, the Life Leisure Offerton 5 (“LLO5”), a 5-mile multi- terrain race. Starting in Woodbank Stadium, the route traversed the tarmac paths of Woodbank and Vernon Parks, before dropping down onto the trails along the scenic Goyt Rover valley before climbing back to the Fred Perry Trail and returning to a track finish.

The relatively firm trail surfaces of early June softened considerably in several sections due to constant rainfall in the 10 days before the event, adding an extra level of challenge for the 217 starters. Stockport Harriers Adam Thompson had just won the Marple Trail 10k three days before and was considered by many to be the pre-race favourite. Harrier Steve Crook who has had some great road performances this season was another contender for the first LLO5 title. It was Thompson who led the crowd out of the stadium and maintained his lead before being overtaken at about mile 3 by Andrew Lamont. Lamont is an unaffiliated former Macc Harrier and a very competitive V40 who recently returned to racing after a two-year break. He was in excellent form and increased his lead by over half a minute over the remaining two miles, with a winning time of 30.35. Thompson was 2nd in 31.16, followed by his clubmate Steve Crook, who finished in 31.38.

Bash the Splash

Women’s winner Alice Davies of Stockport Harriers © Anthony Naulty

The top three women’s places were all captured by the Stockport Harriers women led by Alice Davies. Davies was the women’s winner of the Marple Trail 10k just three days before but didn’t let that effort put her off her stride. The up and coming U17 crossed the line in 35.49, well ahead of Emilia Gajda, who finished second in 37.09. 3rd woman was Jennie Pickard, just 6 seconds behind in 37.15. The first team prizes were also collected by Stockport Harriers men and women teams.

One of the most dramatic incidents of the evening, however, did not involve any of the competitors. Race organisers had arranged for a first-aid cycle responder to be provided by the St John’s Ambulance first-aid team. Just over 24 hours before the race, Club Secretary Alan Dilkes was told that the scheduled cycle responder was unavailable, and they planned to substitute him with a quad-bike responder. Alan was understandably concerned that a quad bike would be unable to access most of the route between miles 3.25 and 4.25 because of trail conditions. The quad-bike responder was instructed to wait by the marshal point just before mile 3 and not proceed further along the route from that point. For reasons best known to himself, the responder decided to advance along the route, even though there was no emergency. About 1/3 a mile along the trail, while crossing a narrow wooden bridge, the bike and rider slid sideways off the end of the bridge. Hanging precariously over the edge of a small ravine, they were unable to move forward onto firm ground. Marshal Edward Corden called for help, and shortly after about a dozen Harriers, including a handful of competitors, assembled at the incident scene to attempt the recovery of the bike. After a half-hour of ingenuity and herculean effort, the rescue team were able to extricate the bike from the edge of the ravine and get it back across the bridge enabling it and the responder to return safely to the Stadium. The Harriers’ teamwork was just as impressive as that shown by the winning SHAC teams in the race! Feedback from many of the competitors to the new race format was very positive in spite of the tricky surface conditions. Club organisers plan to continue with the new route and format next June and with a few minor improvements, ensure that it becomes a worthy successor to the old Offerton 10k.

Treasurer urgently required

18th May 2019

The club urgently needs a treasurer and/or book keeper, consideration can be given for a small stipend for this work.

There is a commitment to host the autumn 2020 North Western Relays here at Woodbank in the autumn of that year, a lead person or a small group is required to take this on, volunteers required please.

The club needs another director (as we are of limited liability) to oversee and advise on the affairs of the club, you do not have to be on the committee to fulfil this role.

Treasurer duties include:

  • The maintenance of a proper record of the financial transactions of the club.
  • The payment from the club’s funds of all debts for which the club is liable.
  • The collection of any money owed to the club.
  • The proper banking of the club’s funds.
  • The preparation of an annual account of the club’s finances.
  • The answering of questions concerning the club’s finances at any committee meeting and the AGM.