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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 (wmyaccl.com), while, during the summer season, they compete in the Heart of England Athletics League (hofe-league.org.uk).
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.



Midland U13/15/17 5k Championship Park, Sat 17th March 2018, Sutton Park, Print
ImageSix U17 boys competed - the same number as last year - and senior Sparkhill runners, who were preparing for the start of the 12-stage relay, were pleased to cheer two of their young team mates over the line. Zac Minchin finished first with a time of 18.51 on a course with an uphill start and finish, while Dylan Sudworth responded to encouraging shouts near the finish and moved into second place with a time of 19.03. Other young athletes competing were from Tipton, Dudley and Stourbridge and Wolverhampton and Bilston.

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1st place Zac (centre) and 2nd placed Dylan (Right)

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Medalists with team manager Nick Stringer
 

Full results can be found here .

 
Fourth and final league race (race 3 cancelled), 11. February 2018: Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton Print
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At the final West Midland Young Athletes Cross-Country League (wmyaccl.com) 2017-2018 meeting, Sparkhill’s junior harriers raced around the twists and turns, on the sticky mud and up the testing slopes of the course at Aldersley Stadium. This concludes the cross-country league racing for Sparkhill Harriers this season, the Senior Men’s and Ladies’ teams having run the day before. Those nine young athletes, who ran on Sunday, finished off the season admirably.

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 Position

  Total

appearances 

  Time 
 

 Approx.

distance 

 26 5 (w)  Izabella Thompson 
 17.39 
 U17 Women 
 4000m
 30 4 (w)  Zac Minchin 18.36 U17 Men 4800m
 35 3 (w) Dylan Sudworth
 18.48  
 67 5 (w/m)
 Alice Stewart
 15.59 U15 Girls 3200m
 58 1 Scarlet Murphy 14.45  
 42 2 Ben Frost 12.06
 U15 Boys 3200m
 - 2 Praveer Phull
 -  
 -
 1 Harry Bull
 -  
 48 4 (w)
 Lola-May Smeulders 
 10.15  U13 Girls
 2400m
 30 2 (w) Josh Murtagh 9.05  U13 Boys 2400m
 59 1 James Phillips 9.56  
 - 1 Josh Thompson -  
 - 2 Nancy O’Neill
  U11 Girls 1600m


Full race results can be found at wmyaccl.com – including team points.

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Race 4: West Midland Young Athletes XC League, Northampton, 14th Jan 2018. Print

Third league race of wmyaccl.com (race 3 cancelled), 14. January  2018: Abington Park, Northampton.
Having passed the mid-point of the West Midland Young Athletes Cross-Country League 2017-2018 meetings with a cancelled meeting at Perry Park in December, Sparkhill’s junior harriers competed on Sunday around the undulating fields and tree-lined tracks of Abington Park; Sparkhill’s senior men last competed here during the 2011-2012 season when in Division II.

Well done to those athletes who raced on Sunday - with improvements in position across the board – and commiserations to Ben Frost who was unable to complete his race.

 Position       
  Time       
  Approx. distance
 20   
 Izabella Thompson  20.19 U17 Women     4000m
 33   
 Zac Minchin  21.11  U17 Men
 4800m
 63   
 Alice Stewart
 18.13 U15 Girls 
 3200m
 29   
 Lola-May Smeulders 12.27 U13 Girls    2400m
 90   
 Nancy O’Neill  
 10.45 U11 Girls  
 1600m

Full race results can be found at wmyaccl.com – including team points – as well as at stuweb.co.uk - if you have mobile data, you can usually receive your times and positions immediately as races finish.

Thanks to Rob Mills and Dave Reed for continually supporting the young athletes at each meeting.

The fourth and final race meeting will take place on Sunday, 11. February at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton and, if everyone were to run who’d taken part this season, we’d have ten competitors.

 
Heart of England 2018 fixtures Print

The juniors will be competing of the Heart of England league  in Division 4  which has been increased to 7 teams by the entry of newbie Leamington Academy. The Fixtures are :

Sat 5 May      Leamington
Sun 24 June  Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton
Sun 8 July     Dell Stadium, Dudley
 

 
Christmas Handicap and Warwickshire XC Championships. Print

Since the third cross-country league race was called off in December due to snow, Sparkhill’s Juniors have taken part in two cross-country events.

The first event was Sparkhill Harriers’ Christmas Handicap which took place on Sunday, 17. December 2017.
Junior and senior harriers set off together, running between one and five 1700m laps on a challenging, muddy course around Fox Hollies Park; afterwards, some more senior members were reminiscing about the five cross-country league races that took place there in the late 90s and early 00s. It was very pleasing to see junior athletes, Aaliyah, Grace, Alice, Izabella, Lola, Charlotte and Zac, taking on the testing course - made more difficult in the rain. A big thank you to the marshals: Hilary, Ambrose, Bob and Emma; to those who set up the course: Craig, Barry, Stuart and Emma; to those providing welcome, post-race refreshments: Ella, Callum and Charles; to Craig for determining how many laps each individual had to run; and to Barry for leading the festive warm-up.


The second was the Warwickshire County Cross-Country Championships which took place on Saturday, 6. January 2018.Prior to the Senior Women’s and Men’s races which completed the meeting, six Juniors ran on a firm, undulating course in Warley Woods Park. Well done to all the junior athletes who competed, especially to Josh who was running his first race for Sparkhill this season and to Izabella who received an invitation form for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in March.

 Josh Murtagh 
 U13s/3km 
 11.36min 
 19th 
 Lola-May Smeulders 
  15.35min 16th
 Alice Stewart U15s/4km 
 23.34min 25th
 Izabella Thompson U17W/5km 
 21.54min 10th
 Zac Minchin U17M/6km 23.01min 15th
 Dylan Sudworth  24.49min 22nd

 Full results can be found here.
  
These positions are for Warwickshire: the Worcestershire Championships were being run concurrently.

 
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