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Congratulations to John Mills on receiving England Athletics Regional Volunteer 2014 Award Print
England Athletics has recognised John Mills' services to athletics in the region by naming him 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the West Midlands.

These annual awards provide a unique opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions of people who give their time, energy and expertise to our sport.

He was presented with a trophy by the Club President, Dr Grahame Cooper, at our club night on 13 January 2015 with many of our junior and senior members present.  

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The award recognises John's contribution over many years to athletics both as a runner and more recently as an official.  John has contributed hugely to Sparkhill Harriers since he joined in 1952.  A dedicated and talented runner, John ran for Sparkhill Harriers and represented Warwickshire and Midland Counties. 

He continues to be a big part of the club supporting our runners and officiating at numerous events. 

In addition to our congratulations, the club wishes to offer our thanks to John - and his wife Molly - for their continuing contribution to Sparkhill Harriers.

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Grahame Cooper wins National Indoor Rowing Championship Print
 
On Sunday 8 February Grahame Cooper competed in the British Indoor Rowing Championships held at the British Olympic Velodrome in London.  Taking part in the Men's Lightweight 80 - 84 category, Grahame completed the 2K in 8mins 18.9 secs to take the gold medal.  As ever Grahame competed in his Sparkhill Harriers vest.
 
To put Grahame's performance into perspective, until two weeks ago the national record for this event stood at 8:18.7 (Grahame's great rival, Geoff Knight, shattered the record a fortnight ago taking nearly 37 seconds of the previous time!). 
 
Congratulations to Grahame: this was an excellent performance at the highest level of the sport, particularly given the disruptions to his training through injuries over recent months.
 
 
Sparkhill Harriers Satellite Club starts Thursday 29 January 2015 Print
The Sparkhill Harriers Satellite Club will be starting up next Thursday 29th January 2015 based at Foxhollies Leisure Centre and track.  It will run from 6pm to 7pm and has been set up with the support of England Athletics and Sport Birmingham. 
 
The satellite club is intended to complement what we already do with the club both in the junior and the senior sections.  We hope it will eventually lead to increased membership of our club as satellite club runners develop and wish to take their running to the next stage. 
 
The aim of our satellite club is to get young people, aged 11 to 25 years - into running (or to return to running).
 
The training will be delivered by Charles Fentiman, Mick Edwards, John Goulding and Rob Mills, all of whom have undertaken the Leadership in Running Fitness qualification delivered by England Athletics.  If you have any queries about the satellite club please speak to one of them.
 
The information below is extracted from the Sport England website.
 
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VLM 2015 places available Print

UPDATE: Winners of the club places were Paul Webster and Brian May.


The club has 2 guaranteed places for the 2015 Virgin London Marathon. These will be drawn at random at the Christmas handicap . If any members are interested then please let us know ASAP (before the handicap anyway). Entries need to be submitted in early January at the latest.  These are available equally to all fully paid up senior members.

If interested please inform Rob Mills or any of the committee.

 
Christmas Curry & Handicap Print
CHRISTMAS CURRY

The Christmas Curry will take place this year on Thursday 18th December. Meet in the Red Lion, Stratford Road, Shirley from 8.00pm (may mean a shorter run beforehand!) and sit down in the Shapla at 9.00pm.

CHRISTMAS HANDICAP

The Christmas Handicap will take place in Fox Hollies Park at 11.00am on Sunday 21st December. Please arrive at the clubhouse by 10.30am to be in good time for the start. Entry is free and there will be prizes afterwards. There will also be the big Christmas draw for the 100 Club and the draw for the two club places for the Virgin London Marathon

 
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