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London Marathon 2018 (updated 18/12/17) Print

The "winner", sentenced to 4 months hard training, is .... Andy Manning. Congratulations, I think.

As expected, the organisers of the London Marathon have allocated one club entry place to Sparkhill Harriers for the 2018 race. The draw for this coveted place will be made following the Christmas X/C Handicap run on Sunday 17 December. Anyone wishing to be put in for the draw should let Rob Mills know (preferably by email asap). Note, the draw is open to all paid up members.

Good luck!
Chrismas XC Handicap, Sunday 17th December 2017 Print

Calling all junior and senior runners: Sparkhill Harriers’ Christmas Handicap will take place on Sunday, 17. December 2017.

This is a fun cross country run  in Fox Hollies Park and there are lots of prizes. Those taking part the handicap will be based on distance run.

Please arrive at the Club by 10:30.

Maurice Herriott - England Athletics hall of fame (updated) Print

Congratulations to Sparkhill Olympian, Maurice Herriot, who was inducted into the England Athletics hall of Fame.

Among his many achievements was a silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the Steeplechase.

Bernard Wilkins writes >>

Maurice finally took his rightful place in the England Athletics Hall of Fame last week.  Maurice won the AAA steeplechase title 8 times between 1959 and 1967, but will probably be best remembered for the rip-roaring finish that took him to the silver medal in that event in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.  In that final Maurice set a new British record of 8:32.4, revising the 8:33.0 that he had set in his heat just 2 days earlier.  These performances came on a well-used cinder track, and we can only speculate on what they might have been on the synthetic surfaces of today. 

Under the guidance of Tom Heeley, Maurice never was a high-mileage athlete, preferring instead intensive high-quality training at race pace.  Nevertheless, this approach still enabled him to place highly in the national cross country championships (then held over 9 miles).  Cross country was always a vital feature in Maurice’s yearly programme (younger Harriers take note), and after his retirement from international competition in 1968 he continued to turn out for the club in the Birmingham league.  His final race was on our then home course at Light Hall School in November 1970.  I remember this race extremely well, because with us both in the scoring 6 Maurice was continually exhorting me to greater efforts over the final mile or so.  In the finishing funnel, I was completely wiped out while Maurice looked as though he’d been for an afternoon stroll – which he probably had.     

Maurice was inducted by his friend and Tokyo room-mate Basil Heatley, another GB silver medallist from those Games.  It has been a long wait, but justice has at last been done.   


A review of this year's proceeding appears in AW here .

See attached a scan of the page devoted to Maurice in the Hall of Fame brochure here .

Funeral of Jan Heeley Print

The club would like to offer it's condolences to Graham Heeley and his family at the death of his wife, Jan.

The funeral of Jan Heeley is as follows.

11.30am  31st October

St Andrews Church


Cleeve Prior

WR11 8LE

Request by Graham Wear bright clothing.

Martin Millicheap

Endurance Officials Course (UPDATED 23/08/17) Print

I (Barry) would like to encourage male and female seniors to take up the training being offered. We are very lucky to have Graham Heeley representing Sparkhill at our cross country fixtures and this fulfills our obligations but eventually we will need to provide other officials as existing ones retire. I did some officiating last season whilst injured and found it rewarding and interesting. The commitee has confirmed that the club will pay for the course fees.

From Carolyn Franks at Midlands Counties Athletics Association:

Dear ALL

Graham Heeley has kindly organized an Endurance Officials Course on Sunday 17th September at Nuneaton. To book a place on this course please go to England Athletics website HERE .

Please pass this onto anyone in your club who is likely to be acting as your club official for the coming season.

I sincerely hope all clubs will take this opportunity to get folks qualified for the coming season.

Carolyn Franks
(Hon Sec/Treasurer)

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