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Press secretary required

- 25th Jan 2018

Sue Garrone who has been undertaking sterling work since September will be leaving the area sometime in the spring so a replacement person is sought.

All assistance will be given and relief articles in the Stockport Express from time to time during holiday times can usually be covered by myself.

It would be a pity to loose the continuity with so much publicity in the Stockport Express each week so please contact myself at peter [dot] powell [at] mypostoffice [dot] co [dot] uk and all the information can be supplied and talked about.

May suit a retired / semi retired person or someone going into media communications or public relations.

Complete beginners' course

- 12th Jan 2018

A course will commence on Tuesday, 30th January for complete beginners’.

This course is suitable for people who have no running experience and starts on the first week with more walking than running and gradually builds up over eight weeks to running for thirty minutes continuously.

We will meet outside the community centre on Turncroft Lane, at the entrance to Woodbank Park main carpark.

Fully supported by an England Athletics Level 2 coach and under the auspices of Stockport Harriers, the cost for the full eight week course is £24. Certificate and goody bag for everyone who completes the course.

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

Winter Race Series Update

- 10th Jan 2018

With ten of the races in the series now completed there are quite a few athletes in contention for the cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

In the men’s table, Iain Murdoch is leading at the moment with 75 points, but not far behind is Steve Shaughnessy with 60 points and Nick Roberts with 50 points.

Steve Brown and Andy Mainwaring are just behind Nick on 45 points and then we have a bit of a tussle with George Cooke, Paul Corner, Kevan Garner, Gary Richardson and Michael Tipper on 40 points.

In the ladies’ table Alexis Dinsmor is leading with 60 points, but not far behind is Fiona Cooke on 50 points and Rebecca Brimage on 45 points.

Rachael Blight, Ruth Murdoch and Esther Kavanagh-Dixon have each got 40 points and Lesley Sinclair is not far behind on 30 points.

There are still 7 races to enter in the Winter Race Series which finishes with the Trafford 10k in March.

There are 20 points available for competing in the Three Halls of Stockport and 25 points for the Irwell Valley and remember that extra points can be awarded if you enter the MACCL at Woodbank and Wythenshawe.

The leaderboard can change dramatically with just one or two races so check out the list of races available in the series and get entering!!

The full list of entrants can be viewed on the noticeboard at the clubhouse.

Stockport Harriers Race Series 2018

- 9th Jan 2018

The 2018 race series has been announced on Stockport Harriers Facebook and updates on the website and noticeboard will follow.

The organiser, Tony Park states:

"This year we continue the tradition of having a blend of fell races, trail races and road races both short and long. We have added some old favourites such as the Boars Head and Buxworth 5...kept some traditional races which everyone seems to enjoy such as Offerton 10k, Charlesworth 5k, Bramhall Foodbank and Whaley Waltz...and added a few new races to keep things interesting like the Rivington Pike Fell (ouch!), the beautiful Yarrow River Bluebell Trail (stunning scenery), the re-established Kettleshulme Fell Race and the Leek Half Marathon.

The Race Series will also include the Helen Fraser Memorial Club Handicap. We have moved this to the summer on a Tuesday evening so as many people as possible can participate.

The Race Series will also have a best of five ParkRun event...this year at Hyde.

Finally, the Race Series starts with the Trafford 10k followed by the Poynton 10k...both these races are almost full so please book asap to confirm your place.

I will add all last years runners to the Race Series automatically. If any additional club runners would like to participate, then please let Tony know directly with your Run Britain ranking. The helps to place you in an appropriate division.

It is free to participate, you just have to be a member of SHAC and run in 8 races to many runners have already discovered, it's a great way to meet other club members and there is that famous mug to collect at the end."

If anyone has any questions then please get in touch with tonyparkconsulting [at] gmail [dot] com

Review of a successful 2017

- 27th Dec 2017
Review of a successful 2017

Emily Misantoni took silver in the English Junior 800 metre Champoinships

Impressive results were certainly the order of the day for the Harriers’ family in reviewing the overall picture for 2017 and none more so than Jack Morris for the seniors and Abigail Pawlett in the junior rankings.

Morris showed who was boss by going right through the card in the Manchester and district cross country league by winning all five of the senior men’s races at the league meetings during the winter season which usually cited approximately 400 runners per event although he had to sprint to the finish in the penultimate meeting in order to maintain a clean sheet of individual wins.

Very few individuals take all the cross country league honours for the season and our intrepid competitor then proceeded to translate his efforts to the roads and managed to sew up two further events in a back to back format in December.

First off was the annual Hoka One One Stockport ten mile race with an easy win over second placed club mate and former winner Jack Nixon and then the following weekend saw Morris enjoying some winter sunshine by taking to the winner’s rostrum in the annual Lanzarote international half marathon in just a shade over 70 minutes for his efforts.

Club junior athlete Freya Murdoch continues to impress in the Stockport primary schools’ cross country league and has now extended her remit to include the Manchester Cross Country League as well as the recently run British Athletics Cross Challenge at Liverpool and continues to fly the flag for the club with first position finishes a plenty.

North Eastern County Cross Country Championship accolades were given out in the form of the sword of honour which was presented to the winner at Redcar racecourse and that award went to Stockport Harrier Jack Martin (qualification by birth area) and it is noted that his brother Patrick also accepted the winner’s honour two years previously at Sedgefield in December 2015 which was interspersed by Jonathan Taylor of Morpeth Harriers in 2016.

To the track and field department and top national honours came the way of Stockport’s Abigail Pawlett in her speciality discipline being “combined events” with a top national under 15’s ranking which also extends to first class honours in no less than three other individual events being the 75 metres hurdles and 100 metres as well as the 60 metre hurdles indoor event and she now moves up an age group for the 2018 season and along with the company of 2nd placed Emily Misantoni also from Stockport harriers, who takes the silver ranking in the longer distance of 800 metres and both competitors will hopefully continue to prosper in their new age group category.

The aforementioned athletes helped to secure a team double first in the youth development track and field league with the upper age group team being promoted from division two to division one and the lower age group having been in division one now take their seats at the high table in the premier league and the glorious results came the way of the Harriers in no small part through the excellent management skills of manager Carl Doodson and his assembled team of helpers and officials.

A celebration of the double team success will be incorporated into the Annual Club Presentation Evening which will be taking place at Stockport County’s Edgeley park facility on Saturday the 20th January for which further details can be found on this website.

Stockport’s super vet Louise Rudd continued to churn out gold medals almost factory style and took the honours in the world masters championships in Daegu, Korea at 800, 1500 and 3000 metres and then followed it up with a double first in the 800 and 1500 metre events at the  European Masters’ Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

Meanwhile, senior Harrier Elle Vernon was selected to represent the country in the recent annual Spar European cross country championships in Samorin in Western Slovakia and enjoyed team gold for her efforts whilst her husband, former English cross country champion Steve, continues to churn out outstanding international athletes through the hugely successful New Balance elite coaching programme who are all enjoying the new facilities at Woodbank Park Stadium.

With the newly established clubhouse and improved equipment facilities it should be coming up roses in 2018 for the Harriers’ family of athletes and the new suite of buildings now enables lectures, talks and coaching ventures to take place out of the elements.

Stockport Harriers’ Awards Night

16th Dec 2017

All Members are invited to Join Stockport Harriers Athletics Club on Saturday, January 20th 2018 for our annual Awards Night / Presentation evening to celebrate the successes we have experienced over the past year at our fantastic club.

This year’s awards ceremony will be a true celebration of the past year of activity at Stockport Harriers!! Celebrating the whole club .

Doors Will open from 6.30pm at Edgeley Park, Stockport.

The Awards Ceremony will start at 7pm with the bar and Dance Floor open until late following the ceremony.

A Buffet Meal will be served during an interval on the ceremony from 8pm with final awards to be presented after the meal before the dance floor opens.

Tickets cost £8 per person - Book Online By 15th January