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Training nights:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 until approximately 8:30. If not racing, distance runners train at Swanshurst Park on Sundays from 10:30 to approximately 11:30.

Training fees:  First training evening is free and, thereafter, you pay £1.00 per session.

Membership subscription (from 1st October for full year - those joining later pay an appropriate amount):  We suggest that you try up to four sessions first before committing to becoming a member. When you decide to join, it costs £20.00 for each child per year, for the first two children in a family; £10 per child thereafter. Application forms are available on this website as well as at the Club.
Membership entitles you to train and - at no extra charge (except for some additional track and field meetings) - take part in club-organized events and compete for the Club at cross-country and track and field meetings.

Competition:  During the winter season, our junior athletes compete in the West Midland Young Athletes Cross-Country League (, while, during the summer season, they compete in the Heart of England Athletics League (
Juniors can also take part in the Warwickshire, Midland and National Cross-Country Championships as well as the Midland and National Cross-Country relays. In addition, they are encouraged to take part in other track and field meetings during the summer season.
In December, Sparkhill Harriers’ junior and senior runners take part in the “Christmas Handicap” - an informal and fun cross-country event organized by the Club - and, during the summer, a fun evening is arranged on the track for juniors and seniors.

Age groupings:  For cross-country events, the age groups are as at midnight on 31st August prior to the season. For track and field events, U15s shall be confined to competitors who are ages 13 or 14 on 31st August, within the competition year; U11s, U13s and U17s follow the same pattern.                                                                                                                                                                            

Awards Evening: Awards for Sparkhill Harriers’ athletes are presented at the end of the cross-country season, along with the previous year’s track and field awards.

Contacts:  Dave Reed for inquiries relating to coaching; Nick Stringer regarding cross-country events; Hilary Mann for membership inquiries; and Rob Mills for matters concerning safeguarding and welfare.

Race 2: West Midland Young Athletes XC League 2017-2018, 19. Nov 2017: Warley Woods. Print

The second meeting of the 2017-18 junior, cross-country league took place on Sunday, on a challenging cross-country course – apparently longer than Hatton - which undulated around Warley Woods.

Well done to those athletes who competed and especially to Josh and Lola, who were running their first league race for Sparkhill Harriers and both finished strongly. Izabella’s position was much improved as she made her way through the field during the race and Prav consolidated his result from his first race. Both Zac and Dylan ran the extra mile (literally) in their first league race in the U17s, while illness and injury respectively prevented two other juniors from running on the day.

 27 Izabella Thompson 
 20.43 U17 Women 
 38 Zac Minchin 20.44 U17 Men
 52 Dylan Sudworth 22.02  
 85 Praveer Phull
 16.45 U15 Boys 3200m
 106  Lola-May Smeulders 
 14.53 U13 Girls 2500m
 79  Josh Thompson 
 U13 Boys

Full race results can be found at – including team points – as well as at - if you have mobile data, you can receive your times immediately as races finish, but positions should be checked later.

The third league-race meeting will take place at Perry Park, Birmingham on Sunday, 10. December.
Nick Stringer

Race 1: WMYACC League 2017-2018, 15. October 2017: Hatton Country Park. Print

Race 1: West Midland Young Athletes Cross-Country League 2017-2018

The first meeting of the 2017-18 junior, cross-country league took place today, on a true cross-country course (with farmers’ fields to negotiate) at Hatton Country World, near Warwick.

Well done to those athletes who competed and, while four of the juniors running today were making their debut for Sparkhill Harriers, by contrast, Izabella Thompson has started competing in her eighth season. Unfortunately, a combination of football and rugby commitments, families being away for the weekend and the County Cross-Country Trials (to represent West Midland schools) taking place yesterday at Sutton Park reduced the number of athletes able to compete.







Izabella Thompson


U17 Women



Nancy O’Neill


U11 Girls



Harry Bull


U15 Boys



Praveer Phull



Alice Stewart


U15 Girls

Full race results can be found at – including team points – as well as at - if you have mobile data, you can receive results immediately as races finish.

West Midlands Schools Athletics XC fixtures and new website Print

Please find attached a link to the new West Midlands Schools Athletics website with details of forthcoming cross country fixtures and team training events. Please can you circulate/publicise/pass on to the relevant people within your club. We are keen to keep local clubs informed of fixtures/news/updates. The website is still very much in its infancy so certain sections are still awaiting development. Please bear with us! If you require any further information on forthcoming cross country fixtures please contact either myself or Cross Country Team Manager Paul Hayes ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it ).

Best regards

Henryk Piotrowski.

Assistant Team Manager - Cross Country

West Midland Young Athletes Cross Country League Season 2013-14 Print
The dates and fixtures for the new season are:





6 Oct 13


17 Nov 13


8 Dec 13


19 Jan 14


9 Feb 14



The timetable and distance of league races are as follows:-

Time               Age Group                Max.



11.00              U/11 Girls                   1600m

11.15              U17 Men                    4800m

11.40              U/11 Boys                  1600m

11.55              U/15 Girls                   3200m

12.15              U/13 Boys                  2500m

12.35              U/13 Girls                   2500m

12.55              U/15 Boys                  3200m

13.15              U/17 Women             4000m

Please note that Sparkhill will be required to provide three funnel marshalls and a qualified official for the Halesowen fixture on 8 December (Rob and Hilary will arrange).

HoE Young Athletes T&F League, Match#1, Sun 10/06/12, Kidderminster and Stourport Print


Match No 1, Sunday 10th June at the Kidderminster and Stourport Track

Under 13 runner, Erica Hygate kicked off the day’s events with a gallant effort, battling bravely to finish the 1500m race despite still suffering from a bug she had picked up earlier in the week.

In the Under 11 girls group, both Louise Gallagher and Katriana Lightfoot achieved PBs in the long jump. Next came the 600m; a late arriving Tasleemah Khan flew round the first 100m, while club mate Emma Stringer controlled herself. Tasleemah suffered in the 2nd half of the race, while Emma came through to pass Tas on the final 100 meters. In the 75 metre sprint Kat stormed down the straight to take ½ a second off her PB.

The two Under 11 boys both did well; Matthew Smith ran a very good 600m, while a very young Tom Mills acquitted himself very well in his events.

The U/11 mixed relay team of Tom, Kat, Louise and Matthew ran well to finish 2nd in this event.

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